New Carlton Hotel by September

NEW LOOK: The plans for the site of the former historic Carlton Hotel will include a bar, cafe and offices.
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NEW LOOK: The plans for the site of the former historic Carlton Hotel will include a bar, cafe and offices.

Tenants are being sought for two neighbouring buildings going up near the busy Papanui Rd-Bealey Ave corner.

On the western corner of the intersection, the replacement for Christchurch's historic Carlton Hotel building is taking shape.

The century-old building was demolished because of earthquake damage and the site occupied by a temporary container bar.

DESTROYED: The historic Carlton Hotel was pulled down in April 2011, due to severe quake damage.
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DESTROYED: The historic Carlton Hotel was pulled down in April 2011, due to severe quake damage.

A permanent rebuild now under way on the site is due for completion in September.

Rated at 120 per cent of the new building code's seismic standards, the steel structure will be clad with zinc panelling, plate glass and European cladding.

Previous tenants Burger King and the Carlton bar and restaurant will move into the new building.

The property is owned by a group of Dunedin investors under the name Oakwood Properties.

Tenants are now needed for just over 300 square metres of office space in the building.

Leasing agent Sally Ryan, of Colliers, says the space has a large balcony, and its own lobby and entrance off Papanui Rd.

Diagonally opposite the Carlton, construction is under way at the corner of Papanui Rd and Derby St on a three-level office building going up on an old car yard.

The site is owned by husband and wife Paul and Dianne Chaney, who previously ran a car dealership on the property.

It has been more recently occupied by another vehicle dealership, Inch McClellan European.

The building will have five ground-floor retail tenancies, with the corner tenancy designed for an upmarket cafe. It is due to be finished in March.

The first floor has about 500sqm of office space.

Ryan said she was "currently working with interested parties".

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