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A historic maritime building in the heart of Port Chalmers has been saved from
demolition and will be transformed into a dynamic centre for visual and performing arts.
The imposing Stevenson and Cook/Sims building is the last trace of a shipbuilding
enterprise whose plant, workshops and dry dock once stretched along the waterfront,
an enterprise so big and so well-regarded that it was known as The Clyde of the South.
The former foundry site is a decaying relic that whispers of past industrial glories. It
was earmarked as a carpark until a group of residents stepped in, driven by an
alternative vision that celebrates history and invests in a creative future for Otepoti-
Dunedin – a home for culture and community.

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