The recent drone inspection showed the roof to be in reasonable condition given its age.
Some investigation has also been done into the system of tying the concrete block walls together by internal wires, and it is likely that this system will be adopted for the final design.
The first set of architectural drawings have now been supplied to the engineers, and a working timeline will be drawn up shortly.
Dorset Street Flats
2-12 Dorset Street, City
These eight flats were produced for three young bachelor owners (including Warren himself), each having one flat to occupy and the others available to rent. Designed before W&M was officially established, it employs the ideas he brought back from Britain. The result is a simple but elegant composition of concrete block, in-situ RC floor structures, full-height openings and low-pitched timber-framed roofs. The first conscious use of concrete block and fairface concrete inside a NZ house, the building was dubbed “Fort Dorset” by scandalized locals. See Home & Building Jan.1959 and Sept. 1959, and Arch. Design Dec. 1961.
Itinerary of early Warren and Mahoney buildings, prepared by "Block", the broadsheet of the Auckland Branch of the NZIA (now under the Architecture Archive, University of Auckland). July 2008.
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