Historic Christchurch Building Being Demolished For Luxury Hotel

The site of the historic Harley Chambers, which is set to be demolished.

Plans are underway for the historic Christchurch building, the Harley Chambers, to be demolished, making room for a new luxury hotel.

The owners of the Heritage New Zealand-listed building are seeking resource consent with the council to demolish the building.

Damaged by the earthquake, the Christchurch Council had included the property on their list of 30 ‘problematic’ buildings believed to be slowing down the central city rebuild.

The construction of a hotel on the site was discussed last year after the dismissal of repair or replacement options.  Now the plans are underway, and it seems it will all go ahead once the required resource consents are approved.

The luxury hotel is planned to have 150 rooms and will wrap around the historic building next-door, Worcester Chambers, which has the same owners, Lee Pee Ltd.

A hotel operator has been lined up, but company spokeswoman Rosie Hobbs said that they would announce who the operator is once plans are 100 percent confirmed.