5 December 2014
Work has begun to revive the historic General Officer In Command Headquarters building on the corner of Taranaki and Buckle Streets in Wellington, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating announced today.
The work includes the repair and painting of the roof, replacing the guttering, and steam cleaning the brickwork. Hoardings currently on the building will also be removed.
“The work on the building will be finished in time for the opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in April 2015 and will feature imagery of First World War soldiers to complement centenary activity,” LTGEN Keating said.
The building, constructed between 1911 and 1913, was originally used as the Defence Stores Office. In 1930, it was extensively converted with the creation of office spaces to become the General Officer In Command Headquarters. The building has been used by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and other Government departments since that time but has been unoccupied for the past 22 years.
“The NZDF is working with Pukeahu architects on the long-term development of the Buckle Street site in keeping with the National War Memorial Park environs.
“We intend to develop a Reserves and Recruiting Centre, retaining as much as possible of the General Officer In Command Headquarters building’s heritage values in acknowledgement of the NZDF’s historic association with this site,” LTGEN Keating said.
Sarah Ingram, the Heritage Services Branch Manager, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, has welcomed the decision to revive the historic headquarters.
“We are very pleased that the NZDF recognises the historic importance of the building and is taking steps to ensure that it is well presented when the park is opened in April 2015,” she said.
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