Minister tells developers: hand over the threatened Art Deco building

The state’s heritage minister criticized the developers behind the $ 260 million King William Street office block proposal, ignoring the local heritage list of Art Deco buildings he wanted to demolish, and demanded intervention. Said he would not respond.

Minister David Spears said InDaily He decided this morning to reject a request from Australian developer Charter Hall to intervene in the Heritage Council’s decision to list the 1930s Sands and McDagal Art Deco buildings on the state’s heritage register. did.

The exterior of the three-story building is a local heritage site.

The Australian Art Deco and Modernist Association describes the building that once housed the printing press as “the first Art Deco façade in South Australia and the oldest extant Art Deco façade.”

Charter Hall submitted a plan to the State Commission Evaluation Panel in July, demolishing the building and adjacent Southern Cross Arcade to build a 15-story office tower extending from King William Street to James Place. This is one of the largest office blocks proposed to Adelaide.

In August, a month after Charterhall submitted the plan, the Heritage Council decided to tentatively list the building at 64 King William Street as a state heritage, with colored cement, copper panels, and more. The “very intact” front façade of metal grills is “a prominent early example of Art Deco architecture in South Australia.”

Discussions on the provisional listing will end in November.

Speirs had the power to dismiss the Heritage Council if it considered it “in the interests of the people.”

I was pretty disappointed at this stage

But he said he made “enviable” and “tricky” decisions to support the council’s decision, saying that “the uniqueness of the façade plays a very important role in the Art Deco movement in South Australia.”

“I met with various stakeholders in my role as a responsible minister and had extensive discussions on both sides of the discussion,” he said.

“As we went through the process, we learned more and more about its value and felt strongly that developers could incorporate it into the design of new builds.”

The rendering of the 15-story office tower proposed by Charter Hall is planned for 60 King William Street.Image: Charter Hall

Spear’s said he informed the charter hall of his decision this morning after asking him to overturn the decision of the Heritage Council.

The government supported development as a “national important economic development project,” but his “strong view” was that the local heritage-registered façade was “relatively easy to incorporate into development.” He said.

“I think the developers didn’t give enough weight to the status of their local heritage list,” he said.

“After all, the local heritage list is not an insurmountable protection, but for good reason.

“The developers knew it when they bought the Sands and McDougall building and suggested a new building on the site.

“This wasn’t a surprise to them, so I was very disappointed to reach this stage.”

InDaily We asked the charter hall for comment.

Southern Cross Arcade and Sands and McDagalville, an adjacent heritage site on King William Street. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

Due to Speirs’ decision, Charter Hall’s plans have come to a standstill, and the complete demolition of nationally listed locations is usually not permitted by heritage law.

Simon Stockfeld, Regional Development Director at Charter Hall, said Advertiser In August The company hopes to begin construction of the tower early next year, with completion scheduled for mid-2023.

State government planning spokesperson said InDaily Last month, Charter Hall put the development application on hold, but did not withdraw the plan.

David O’Loughlin, president of the Adelaide branch of the Art Deco and Modernist Society and chairman of the Municipal Association, said he was “absolutely pleased” with the Spire’s decision.

He said the association would support the new development of the site if the façade and awnings in front of the Sands and McDougall buildings were maintained.

“Being the first Art Deco façade is an important marker,” he said.

“The original condition is also very good, except that it needs to be repaired. In particular, the original rendered finish has never been painted. This is always a good example of this façade as the original Art Deco. That’s why it’s been built.

“I think it’s very easy to integrate it into the design of a new building.”

Olavlin said it was “extremely disappointing” that the charter hall “did not pay any attention to the building’s local heritage list.”

“It’s completely inappropriate,” he said.

“If the government waits while the contiguous list of heritage sites is being demolished, the entire heritage protection system is compromised and all councils and all heritage enthusiasts are on the local heritage register. You’re asking for state protection for every item. That’s all it works. “

Mayor Sandy Vershohl of the Adelaide City Council was forced to withdraw a motion on Tuesday night to ask Congress to support the Provincial Monument list of buildings in Sands and McDagal. Doing so is the toilet block at James Place, which is adjacent to the charter hall grounds.

“We don’t have this council’s decision to talk to the minister, but I will talk to the minister,” Verschoor said.

The council will meet next Tuesday to review the motion.

Speirs said the general public could still provide feedback on the decision to list the Sands and McDougall buildings on the state’s heritage register.

“In the meantime, developers will proceed with development applications based on this new information that the building is protected under the state’s heritage list and we are there to work really closely with them. And we need to move forward, “he said.

“It is our intention to provide developers with government insights, experience and resources on heritage conservation and design and to provide support in doing this well.”

Last year, Speirs overturned the proposed heritage list of the historic Shed 26 Boat Shed in Port Adelaide, giving way to Cedar Woods’ $ 160 million home development.

“On the other side of today’s ledger, we’ve seen the Sands and McDougall façades listed,” he said.

“It’s sometimes a difficult task-you have to weigh a lot-but I think we’ve made the right decisions for both of those items.”

State Commission Evaluation Panel Approved last month Due to the demolition of the former South Australian Bank building, which is a local heritage site on Pilly Street The new 21-story, $ 160 million Hyatt Regency Adelaide Hotel.

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