Wellington has another hero developer. He’s Maurice Clark, who has bought the Public Trust Building on Lambton Quay.
Hank Schouten reports the sale this morning in the DomPost. He says Mr Clark has taken on one of the city’s biggest renovation projects.
Clark, who has made a speciality of redeveloping a number of large old city buildings, said he was looking at a number of options, including possibly turning it into a boutique hotel, restoring it to office use or converting it into a function centre that would take advantage of its magnificent high, wide and ornate ground floor.
The building was purchased by Clark’s company Cheops Holdings, and his building company, McKee Fehl Constructors, is expected to do the strengthening work.
The baroque landmark Public Trust Building was built in 1909 and has a category one listing from the Historic Places Trust.
It’s been on everyone’s lists of the city’s heritage buildings which need to be saved and strengthened.