Dunedin City Council

Completion Date

August 2021

Meticulous repairs on a prominent Historic Place Category 1 building.

Dunedin Railway Station is a prominent Historic Place Category 1 building. It was built in extravagant Edwardian Baroque style and opened in 1906.

We completed the first stage of maintenance and repair work to the north end of the building over six months, including removal of the roof, replacement of timber and damaged tiles, leadwork and stonework repairs and repainting. The challenge was to preserve the existing materials where possible, especially the Marseilles roof tiles. We removed the lichen-covered tiles one by one and stacked them on pallets for sorting, cleaning and re-use.

The entire roof structure was encapsulated in a massive shrink-wrapped temporary roof system. This allowed work to be proceed in all weathers, and safely contained the asbestos we found on a membrane covering the lead gutters. We laid new gutter falls and lead linings, and installed new stainless steel spouting and downpipes. On the exterior walls, we repaired the stone masonry re-pointed the mortar. We cleaned, prepped and painted the external joinery, and repaired the old cast iron downpipes.

It’s a privilege to work on a heritage building of this calibre, and to see master craftsmen at work. Regular, collaborative team discussions ensured that a high quality result was achieved for future generations to appreciate. We’re currently working on the next stage of the repairs.


Categories: Dunedin, Government, Heritage