Devonport Flats, New Plymouth (advice)

Grant Type: 
Professional Advice Grant
Date funded: 
May 2019

The Devonport Flats, located in central New Plymouth, is a four story apartment complex that consists of three separate but architecturally related blocks. The buildings were designed by local architectural firm Messenger Griffiths and Taylor and constructed in reinforced concrete over the course of 1922-1924. The exteriors of the buildings were designed to a Stripped Classical design, and are painted in striking colours.   

Heritage EQUIP funding is for the oldest of the three structures, the Dawson Block, which comprises eleven apartments. The grant will enable the owners to commission:

  • a review and update of an earlier detailed seismic assessment
  • a full structural design process comprising preliminary and detailed design
  • cost estimation of the design
  • a peer review of the detailed structural design.

Following this, in May 2020, a Heritage EQUIP upgrade works grant was awarded for the seismic strengthening works based on this detailed structural design.

Devonport Flats are a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 historic place.

Heritage New Zealand entry - Heritage New Zealand website