Looking at the Future of Newtown’s Heritage Buildings

2 September 2014

Newtown will get a glimpse of what its future could look like thanks to a new partnership with Victoria University’s School of Architecture.

Historic building in Newtown.

A heritage building in Newtown

About 70 fourth-year students are exploring architectural and structural engineering approaches to improving the earthquake resilience of buildings and urban qualities around Newtown, Berhampore and the shopping centre on John Street.

“The students are taking an innovative approach to integrating architecture and retrofitting ‘clusters’ of buildings, as well as designing concepts for seismic upgrades,” says the Council’s Senior Heritage Advisor, Vivien Rickard. “They’ll present a possible vision for the future of these centres in the form of architectural designs, models and technical reports. The project will be shown to the public at a meeting in Newtown in November.”

Our Heritage team is working closely with the School of Architecture, supported by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the Newtown Business Group. Building plans from the Council’s City Archives are forming the basis of the students’ work.