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Wrecker cleared for 10 Murray

The Mercury, DAVID KILLICK   | February 16, 2011

TASMANIA’S planning tribunal has approved the demolition of the state office block at 10 Murray St, paving the way for the controversial $100 million Parliament Square redevelopment to proceed.

The Resource Management Planning and Appeals Tribunal yesterday rejected arguments from a group which wanted to preserve the 43-year-old, 14-storey office tower.

It found that the building did not have particular architectural merit and that its retention and refurbishment would not make economic sense.

“In the tribunal’s mind, the existing building is neither an exemplar of anything much at all, nor is it especially well executed,” the ruling said.

“In the tribunal’s view, there is ample material which persuades that there are overriding environmental and economic considerations not to retain the building.”

The tribunal also said the proposal complied with the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme and would improve the precinct in its current form.

“The site proposed for redevelopment is decrepit and has in large part fallen into disuse,” it said.

“Revitalising the area is important for Sullivans Cove, Hobart and arguably the state of Tasmania.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/02/16/207355_real-estate-news.html

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Legal fight over 10 Murray St

may continue

Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:02am AEDT, http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/16/3139995.htm

A group opposed to the demolition of the 10 Murray Street office block in Hobart is considering further legal action.

The 1960’s office block will be knocked down to make way for a $100 million redevelopment of Parliament Square after an appeal to save the building was dismissed.

The Save 10 Murray group argued the building was culturally and architecturally significant.

Spokeswoman Briony Kidd said the group was considering further action.

“We do have the option of appealing this decision to the Supreme Court, it’s simply that that’s a very expensive process,” Ms Kidd said.

“We’ve obviously put quite a lot of time and resources into the appeal up until now, which we were all happy to do because we do feel very passionately about this, but there are limits to what we can do.”

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10 Murray set to go

The Mercury, DAVID KILLICK   | February 16, 2011 05.28pm

The 10 Murray St office block is set to be demolished.
THE state’s planning tribunal has approved the demolition of the state office block at 10 Murray St – paving the way for the controversial $100 million Parliament Square redevelopment to proceed.

The Resource Management Planning and Appeals Tribunal yesterday rejected arguments from a group which wanted to preserve the 43-year-old, 14-storey office tower.

It found that the building did not have particular architectural merit and that its retention and refurbishment would not make economic sense.

“In the Tribunal’s mind, the existing building is neither an examplar of anything much at all nor is it especially well executed,” the Tribunal found.

“In the tribunal’s view there is ample material which persuades that there are overriding environmental and economic considerations not to retain the building.”

It also ruled that the proposal complied with the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme and would improve the precinct in its current form.

“The site proposed for redevelopment is decrepit and has in large part fallen into disuse.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/02/15/207355_real-estate-news.html

Note: This article appeared in the print edition on 16 February, but appeared online on 15 February 2011.

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Can you help?

Save 10 Murray is made up of hundreds of people from different walks of life, some Tasmanian, some not; all with a common appreciation for the iconic State Government Offices building, the cause of modern heritage and, in many cases, a desire to protect the cultural assets of the city of Hobart.

Many other supporters feel most strongly about the environmental ramifications of demolishing a sound and still useful building, when retrofitting is a viable alternative (as evidenced by the approach of one of the three short-listed designs in the original tender process).

If you support the cause and feel you can help in any way, whether financially or not, please contact “save10murray@gmail.com” for more information. For instance, you might like to buy a T-shirt, a badge…or even a papercraft model of 10 Murray Street, as featured in this review in Architecture Australia.

This is a grassroots campaign without the backing of any large organisation and your support is vital if the effort is to be continued.

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Office building backers vow to fight on

The Mercury, February 1 2011

The protectors of 10 Murray St are penning a second appeal after an amended plan for the controversial redevelopment was approved yesterday.

The Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority gave the Citta Property Group’s $100 million Parliament Square amended development plan the tick.

However, the development hinges on the initial appeal filed by the project’s main opponents, Save 10 Murray St, which remains before the Resource Management Planning and Appeal Tribunal.

The Parliament Square redevelopment is intended to revitalise the block of government buildings between Parliament House and Davey St.

But it has prompted controversy because the plans include the demolition of several historically or architecturally significant buildings, including the 14-storey Murray St office tower and the former Government Printing Office in Salamanca Place.

Save 10 Murray spokesperson Briony Kidd said fighting two applications was draining, but the group would still fight vehemently.

“We will continue to object to the demolition of the iconic building 10 Murray St and the heritage-listed Government Printing building,” she said.

Miss Kidd said the group was expecting a decision from the planning tribunal within the next week.

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