Posts Tagged ‘Erskine College’

Grand designs including Catholic buildings in Palmy Lego show

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Among the grand designs on show in Palmerston North this week are two iconic Catholic buildings – made of Lego. The Wellington Lego User Group brought 120 exhibitors together from Auckland to Invercargill to showcase their plastic artistry at Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena from Friday to Sunday. An impressive replica of the Convent Read more

Former head girl Nicola Young remembers Erskine College

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Former head girl of Wellington’s Erskine College, Nicola Young, finds the memories of an extraordinary education and strange rituals come flooding back as she revisits the old chapel and school rooms which have lain empty for years. Read more 

Erskine College tumbles to make way for town houses

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Demolition of the imposing Erskine College buildings in Island Bay, Wellington, is underway. 96 townhouses are to be constructed on the site. As part of the overall development, the chapel is to be restored at the cost of $7 million. Development manager Earl Hope-Pearson said the feeling was positive as work was able to begin. “After 18 Read more

New proposed Erskine development: what’s changed since 1992?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Another plan has been put forward to earthquake strengthen and restore the chapel of the Sacred Heart in Island Bay Wellington. The plan is part of a  proposed $30 million 94-townhouse development. Councillor Andy Foster, chairman of the transport and urban development committee, said early estimates that put the costs of the houses between $500,000 Read more

St Mary of the Angels gets a mention in Wall St Journal

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels church has got a mention in the Wall St Journal. “Adjacent to the Majestic Centre, St. Mary of the Angels Church has been closed since 2013 because of safety concerns.” “A planned NZ$3 million earthquake strengthening project includes 50 new rock anchors—cables drilled into the ground to anchor the Read more

Erskine College declared a special housing area

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Wellington City Council has declared the heritage complex Erskine College, in Island Bay, a Special Housing Area. Many councillors were unhappy about the recommendation but it was finally approved by a vote of 9 to 6. The move is part of the Wellington Housing Accord signed with the Government last year. Special housing areas will have Read more

Developer says Trust blocking plans to save Erskine

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Property developer Ian Cassels says he needs community support to sway Save Erskine College Trust towards his plans for Erskine College, a landmark building in Island Bay Wellington, New Zealand. In 2012 the building was red-stickered as an earthquake risk, and might be demolished by Wellington City Council within a year unless the trust agreed Read more

Erskine College’s long, sad road to decay

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The former Catholic girls’ school, Erskine College, in Island Bay is listed as a Category One historic place by the Historic Places Trust, declaring it has “special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value”. There is graffiti on the gothic stonework, windows and doors. There’s graffiti in places that would have involved a Read more

3 Catholic sites in survey on support for heritage buildings

Friday, August 16th, 2013

St Mary of the Angels, Erskine College and Chapel and St Gerard’s Monastery feature in a poll, launched by Wellington Mayoral Candidate John Morrison, which seeks to measure the amount of support for a bond system to help Wellington building owners strengthen their properties. The question asked is “Which Wellington heritage building would you like to Read more

Erskine College may be forcibly demolished

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Erskine College is one of six buildings whose council notices ordering earthquake strengthening work or demolition are about to expire with no work yet in sight. The Wellington City Council was warned yesterday that its hand may be forced if the building owners failed to act. Earthquake resilience manager Neville Brown told councillors the preferred Read more