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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.”

READ THE FULL ARTICE:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/16/3139995.htm

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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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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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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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HOBART – 16 March, 2010.  Save 10 Murray today announced the 34 artists who will take part in Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.  The exhibition asks artists to creatively respond to 10 Murray Street, the Hobart high-rise office block that has been condemned to demolition under the recently approved ‘Parliament Square’ redevelopment.

The participating artists are:  Andrew Harper, Adam Walker, David Keeling, Helen Wright, Lucy  Gouldthorpe, Luke Morgan, Matt Warren, Narelle Badalassi, Pip Stafford, Rory Lefroy, Stephen Walker, Sarah Jones, sister0, Thomas Ryan, Tom O’Hern, Peter Hiller, Jocelyn Loney, Alex Hamilton, Billy Gruner, Cara-Ann Simpson, Damiano Bertoli, Daniel Argyle, Joshua Petherick, Juan Ford, Ry Haskings, Richard Butler-Bowdon, Sean Meilak. Sarah Keighery, Masato Takasaka, Jacob Walker, Kati Rule, Lisa Radford, Madeline Kidd, Warren Taylor and Xin Cheng. (more…)

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This article shows what the building that will replace 10 Murray Street will look like and its positioning in close proximity to Parliament House.

The public can comment on the ‘Parliament Square’ development by  emailing info@waterfront.gov.au by 10 February.

The proposed demolition of 10 Murray Street is of relevance to anyone who is concerned about the building, not just Tasmanians – so anyone is entitled to comment.

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