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Last plea to save offices

DAVID KILLICK   | The Mercury

January 19, 2011 12.01am

THE 43-year-old government office tower at 10 Murray St is part of a “threatened generation of city buildings” and should be saved from demolition, a planning tribunal has heard.

Final arguments in the appeal against Citta Property Group’s $100 million Parliament Square development were heard in the Resource Management Planning and Appeal Tribunal yesterday.

The main objector is the Save 10 Murray group which wants the building preserved because of its heritage significance and architectural qualities.

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

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’s lawyer Shaun McElwaine said two reports used to bolster the case for redevelopment were flawed.

“The evidence put forward in favour of demolition suffers a number of defects and should be rejected,” he said.

“The persons who say this building is of such low significance it should be knocked down did not study here, do not practise here and have not spent much time here.

“It is an important building in the Tasmanian context, although it is maligned by some.”

Mr McElwaine said 10 Murray St was one of just five surviving state office blocks built during the post-war boom.

“We’ve got a heritage watchdog with their eye off the ball. They swallowed the developer’s line,” he said.

A revised proposal for the site is being considered by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.

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Building demolition appeal returns to tribunal

Posted January 18, 2011 14:43  (ABC Hobart website)

A group appealing against the demolition of the 10 Murry Street office block in Hobart has disputed a report saying the building has minimal heritage value.

The planning appeals tribunal is hearing objections to the Parliament Square development proposed for the precinct around Parliament House.

The development would involve demolition of the 1960’s office block.

The Save 10 Murray group says the report claiming there was minimal heritage significance was biased.

Lawyer Shaun McElwaine told the tribunal that consultant Jennifer Hill had written an earlier report, used by the developers, identifying 10 Murray Street and nearby buildings as having development potential.

He says the earlier report had only been made public when the Save 10 Murray group had appealed against the building’s demolition.

This article appears at:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/18/3115564.htm?site=hobart

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10 Murray is ‘inappropriate’

THE MERCURY   | October 08, 2010 08.39am

AN architect who did the conservation management plan for Hobart’s Parliament Square site says the 10 Murray St building dominated the area and was inappropriate for its setting.

Jennifer Hill also did a report on heritage and urban design principles for the square site.

She was engaged by a consultant commissioned by Tasmania’s Department of Treasury and Finance.

The Save 10 Murray group has appealed against the approval by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority of a $100 million redevelopment by Citta Property Group.

The appeal, being heard by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, started on Wednesday and is likely to continue into next week.

Under cross-examination from Shaun McElwaine, lawyer for the Save 10 Murray group, Ms Hill said she did not engage a social historian to report on 10 Murray St.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/10/08/177665_tasmania-news.html

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