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Heritage grant saves old mill

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 08:14 07/07/2012
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SAVED: The Christchurch City Council has approved a heritage incentive grant of up to $884,750 for conservation work on the former Woods Brothers flour mill buildings in Wise St.

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One of the last vestiges of Addington's industrial history is set to be saved from the wrecker's ball.

The Christchurch City Council has approved a heritage incentive grant of up to $884,750 for conservation work on the former Woods Brothers flour mill buildings in Wise St.

The 1890 buildings are listed as a group 2 protected heritage item in the Christchurch city plan and registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a category 2 historic place.

"After experiencing a great deal of loss with our heritage, it is wonderful to be able to turn our attention to caring for a group of buildings which has been such an important part of the social and built fabric of what is now our inner city," Mayor Bob Parker said. "This mill is in many ways the embodiment of Addington's rich industrial history."

Under plans approved by council, the mill building and grain store will be strengthened to bring them up to the building code.

The extension to the roof of the mill and the 1950s link to the grain store will be knocked down, but the exterior shell of the 1924 extension will be retained.

The mill and grain store buildings will be repaired and altered for new uses.

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