Oamaru station in new hands

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014
Oamaru Railway Station
DONE DEAL: Oamaru Railway Station has been sold by the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust to a private individual.

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Oamaru Railway Station has been sold.

An unconditional contract for the sale of the 114-year-old Humber St building, formerly owned by the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust (OWCT), was signed on Thursday afternoon.

While the identity of the station's new owner hasn't been revealed, it is a private individual from the North Island, according to trust chairman Peter Garvan.

The purchase price is also being kept confidential at this stage.

"The purchaser has confirmed in writing that his purchase of the property is motivated by his passionate interest in the preservation of historic New Zealand buildings. The purchaser intends to maintain the exterior features and appearance of the main building as the Oamaru Railway Station," Garvan said.

"The buyer has proposed a series of projects that include making the building water-tight and completing the piling that was started by the trust several year ago during the original refurbishment. He will project manage these jobs himself."

The station is listed as a category two building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and its listing in the Waitaki District Council's district plan gives it protection.

Any alteration requires resource consent, which would need written approval from the Historic Places Trust.

According to Garvan, the man describes himself as "passionate" about New Zealand's heritage.

"It was a visit to Christchurch where so much history is being lost that prompted him to do something that saves our past," Garvan said.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward specific projects or acquisitions.

Oamaru Railway Station, built in 1900, was designed by New Zealand Railway Department architect George Troup.

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- The Timaru Herald

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