The Council has a three-step approach in dealing with sites that are considered to be barriers to the regeneration of Central City. These sites are referred to as barrier sites.
If left unrepaired they can lead to negative perceptions of the city for visitors and investors and, in some cases, they disrupt the operation of the transport network.
We also want to encourage action to tidy up cleared vacant sites and gravel car parks. Litter, unmanaged vegetation and unmaintained hoardings paint a poor image of the city and undermine perceptions of personal safety, especially at night.
The Barrier Sites are separated into two categories:
Sites are considered to have a ‘commitment to action’ where plans and intentions for restoration and/or redevelopment are conveyed to the Council or plans to action a site are in motion i.e. project scoping.
Each Barrier Site has its own complex issues and so the decision as to whether it is removed from the Barrier Sites Programme is a judgement of the owner’s current intentions and actions. The types of matters that the Council will take into consideration include whether or not consents have been granted, whether works have commenced and whether the building owner has demonstrated reasonable progress in fulfilling a commitment to action.
The table below shows the way we will work with owners. The emphasis is on providing support and assistance. As a last resort, fees and enforcement action will be considered.
|Dialogue, support and incentives||
|Enforcement and regulation||
We define barrier sites as:
This work is currently focused on Central City. An initial list of 30 properties(external link) was identified and, as progress is achieved, sites may be removed or re-categorised. A number of new sites have been added.
The table below shows current sites and their status as of December 2021. The next update will be in April 2021.
Key progress during the September to December 2021 period includes:
|Street||Number||Also known as|
|Armagh Street||119||Former PWC Building|
|Oxford Terrace||159||Our City|
|Oxford Terrace||170||Former Rydges Hotel|
|Tuam Street||179||Sol Square (part)|
|Victoria Street||91||Victoria Mansions|
|Worcester Street||116||Kaplan / State Insurance|
|Cambridge Terrace||79||Bradley Nuttall Building|
|Hereford Street||159||Malvern House|
|Tuam Street||210-214||Lawrie & Wilson Auctioneers Building/Odeon Theatre|
|High Street||141||Duncan's Buildings|
|Cashel Street||226-234||Former IRD Premises|
|High Street||235||Former Hunters & Collectors|
|Hereford Street||161||Hereford Suites|
|Peterborough Street||25||Peterborough Centre / Apartments|
|Manchester Street||205||Blue Jean Cuisine|
|Cambridge Terrace||137||Harley Building|
|Cashel street||170||Former Holiday Inn|
|Manchester Street||112–114||2 Fat Indians|