New owners are needed for one of Greymouth’s prominent heritage buildings says Fraser Gibbs, General Manager Commercial and Property at the Ministry of Justice.
The former Greymouth courthouse was built during a major period of government construction and stands testament to the importance of Greymouth and the West Coast in early 20th century New Zealand. The 105-year-old building is no longer used, and the Ministry of Justice has put it up for sale.
“While the building has deteriorated and needs major refurbishment and strengthening, it has many possible uses and is looking for the right buyer who can see its potential,” says Mr Gibbs.
“Many original features of the building remain, including the rimu panelling in the courtroom, architraves, doors, cornices and skirting.
“The current courthouse was completed and has been in use since 2007 as the former courthouse no longer met the needs of the modern justice system or the Greymouth community.
“This is a unique opportunity for anyone with a passion for heritage.”
The Ministry of Justice is open to discussions with any genuine buyers. The land, which is leasehold to Mawhera Incorporated, is excluded from the sale.