Mayfield BHP site demolition deal

KEEN INTEREST: Newcastle Heritage Association president Bob Cook in front of historic buildings on the old BHP site.

KEEN INTEREST: Newcastle Heritage Association president Bob Cook in front of historic buildings on the old BHP site.

THE Newcastle Heritage Association is hoping the Newcastle Port Corporation will stay true to its word when completing remediation works on the old BHP site at Mayfield.

Newcastle Heritage Association president Bob Cook said the two organisations struck a deal after the association found three historical buildings at Mayfield were set to be demolished earlier this year.

The association found out through a tip-off from Newcastle council that the Medical Centre, the Master Mechanics Office and the Pattern Store were about to be knocked down, despite being saved 12 years earlier for adaptive reuse.

Newcastle Port Corporation said the buildings needed to be removed as part of the land remediation process.

After talks, Mr Cook said Newcastle Port Corporation agreed to dismantle the Pattern Store block by block so they could be reused because of their historical significance.

The sandstone in the Pattern Store is from Duckenfield Park House, a Morpeth mansion built in the 1800s.

Mr Cook said the sandstone could be used to border the new BHP memorial to be unveiled next year.

He also said a Maitland church had expressed interest in reusing the sandstone blocks.

With the land at Mayfield about to be handed over to private ownership as part of the 98-year Newcastle port lease, Mr Cook is worried about the buildings.

A Port of Newcastle spokesperson said the remediation of the Mayfield Intermodal Site was still in the planning phase.

The spokesperson said the Port of Newcastle was aware of the Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association's interest in the site and the sandstone.

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