30 Nov 2012

Demolish capital high-rise - council planners

7:09 pm on 30 November 2012

A Wellington City Council report recommends demolishing the eight-story Harcourts Building in the city's central business district.

The report by council planners says it's not economic to strengthen the earthquake-prone heritage-listed

building and and the prospect of its loss must be balanced with considerations of public safety.

It says the estimated cost of strengthening the 84-year-old building on Lambton Quay is more than $10.85 million.

The report says the owner's application for total demolition should be granted, on condition a replacement building be granted consent before the original comes down.

The planners' report goes to a hearing committee next month.