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Historic 1924 Museum Stand at Basin is threatened with demolition

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News from Historic Places Wellington
The Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand is threatened with demolition.

Built in 1924, the Museum Stand is a staple of the Basin Reserve’s cricket heritage. The New Zealand Heritage List Category 2 building was designed and built by the City Engineer’s Department of the Wellington City Council and remains in largely original condition. Originally used as a members’ stand and player changing rooms, it has more recently hosted the New Zealand Cricket Museum.

The stand is the oldest stand at the ground. However, the City Council’s plan to redevelop the Basin Reserve has the demolition ball looming over its future.

In 2012, the Museum Stand was ‘yellow-stickered’, meaning that it was assessed by the Council to be earthquake prone, giving the owner 15 years to strengthen or demolish the building. As a result, the Museum Stand seating area was closed to the public.

The Council estimated strengthening costs to be $5-8 million. The proposed $21 million Basin Reserve redevelopment has indicated replacing the 1924 stand with a tiered embankment area that would include a playground, trees, park seating, and public toilets.

The wider Basin redevelopment includes installing new floodlights, space for temporary seating for large events, and an upgrade of the existing RA Vance Stand.

Historic Places Wellington gave feedback in September 2016 supporting the retention of the Museum Stand in the development of the concept designs. Formal public submissions will be held in early 2017. Historic Places Wellington will also formally submit then.

1 comment:

  1. Smash Palace, 13. November 2016, 22:50

    Very laudatory of Heritage NZ to voice its concrrns about the proposed demolition of this Stand. What is their position on the demolition of Erskine College a Category I building?