GWF elevation
[Exterior view, State Flats, The Terrace, Wellington, 16 Jan 1959, ATL ref: EP/1959/0969-2-F]

Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats is currently under threat of demolition.  Victoria University of Wellington bought the Gordon Wilson Flats site on The Terrace, from Housing New Zealand in September 2014 and applied to have this high rise modernist social housing block demolished via a Plan Change.  The hearing for the consequent Plan Change 81 was held on 15-17 December 2015.  The hearing commissioners (Andy Foster, David McMahon and Mark Peck) recommended that the WCC accept the Plan Change.

The documents from the WCC Plan Change hearing can be found here.

The Architectural Centre submissions to the hearing can be found here.

In June 2016 the Architectural Centre appealed the decision.  Mediation occurred on Monday 19 September 2016.  Unfortunately mediation didn’t resolve the issue so we are off to the Environment Court.  The hearing has been set for the week commencing 12 June. Philip Milne is representing us and Hazelton Law are our solicitors.

Roger Walker My favourite modernist building … Gordon Wilson Flats

Gordon Wilson Flats background and history

My favourite modernist building … a series in support of Gordon Wilson Flats

Why is modernism so important?

History Repeats: The Tale of the Hunter Building

Can ugly buildings be heritage?

Demolition by ignorance?

The Terrace Flats under construction, Wellington
[The Terrace Flats under construction, Wellington, 16 Jan 1959, ATL ref: EP/1959/0164-F]