8-1 Assessment of Historic Buildings and Structures

​​​8-1.1 Rankings of Significance

Rankings for historic buildings and structures listed in Schedule 8A have been established as follows.

Plan Ranking A: Historic places of highly significant heritage value include those assessed as being of outstanding or high value in relation to one or more of the criteria and are considered to be of outstanding or high heritage value locally, regionally or nationally.

Plan Ranking B: Historic places of significant heritage value include those assessed as being of high or moderate value in relation to one or more of the heritage criteria and are considered to be of value locally or regionally.

The heritage value of historic places has been assessed based on evaluation against the following individual heritage criteria.

8-1.2 Heritage Assessment Criteria

a) Historic Qualities

i. Associative value: The historic place has a direct association with or relationship to, a person, group, institution, event or activity that is of historical significance to Hamilton, the Waikato or New Zealand.

A pe​​rson, group, institution, event or activity that is of great historical significance regionally or nationally is closely associated with the place Outstanding​
A person, group, institution, event or activity that is of great historical significance locally, regionally or nationally is closely associated with the place ​High
​A person, group, institution, event or activity that is of historical significance to the local area, or region is associated with the place Moderate

ii. Historical pattern: The historic place is associated with important patterns of local, regional or national history, including development and settlement patterns, early or important transportation routes, social or economic trends and activities.

Historic themes or patterns of national, regional or local importance are strongly represented by the place​ ​High
Historic themes or patterns important to the local area or region are represented by the place​ ​Moderate
 
b) Physical /Aesthetic/Architectural Qualities

i. Style/Design/Type: The style of the historic place is representative of a significant development period in the city, region or the nation. The historic place has distinctive or special attributes of an aesthetic or functional nature which may include its design, form, scale, materials, style, ornamentation, period, craftsmanship, or other design element.

Notab​​le local, regional or national example in terms of its aesthetic and architectural qualities, or rare or important surviving local, regional or national example of a building type associated with a significant activity​ High​
Good representative example locally or regionally in terms of its aesthetic and architectural qualities ​ ​Moderate

ii. Designer or Builder:  The architect, designer, engineer or builder for the historic place was a notable practitioner or made a significant contribution to the city, region or nation, and the place enlarges understanding of their work.

Designer or builder whose achievements are of great importance to the history of the community, region or nation High​
Designer or builder whose achievements are of considerable importance to the history of the community, region or nation ​Moderate

iii. Rarity: The place or elements of it are unique, uncommon or rare at a local, regional or national level, or in relation to particular historic themes.

(Research information explains why the place or elements of it are unique, uncommon or rare.)

iv. Integrity: The place has integrity, retaining significant features from its time of construction, or later periods when important modifications or additions were carried out.
The place retains significant features from the time of its construction with limited change, or chang​​es made are associated with significant phases in the history of the place High​
The place retains significant features from the time of its construction, and modifications and alterations made are not associated with significant phases in the history of the place ​Moderate
 
c) Context or Group Qualities

i. Setting: The physical and visual character of the site or setting is of importance to the value of the place and extends its significance.

The place remains on its original site, the physical and visual character of the setting reinforce an under​standing of the heritage values and historic development of the place, and built or natural features within the setting are original or relate to significant periods in the historic development of the place ​ High/ Moderate​
The place has been relocated, but its new setting is compatible with heritage values​ ​Low

ii. Landmark: The historic place is an important visual landmark or feature.
The ​​historic place is a conspicuous, recognisable and memorable landmark in the city​ High​
The historic place is a conspicuous, familiar and recognisable landmark in the context of the streetscape or neighbourhood​ ​Moderate

iii. Continuity
The historic place makes a notable contribution to the continuity or character of the street, neighbourhood, area or landscape​ ​High
The historic place makes a moderate contribution to the continuity or character of the street, neighbourhood, area or landscape​ ​Moderate

iv. The historic place is part of a group or collection of places which together have a coherence because of such factors as history, age, appearance, style, scale, materials, proximity or use, landscape or setting which, when considered as a whole, amplify the heritage values of the place, group and landscape or extend its significance.

The his​​toric place makes a very important contribution to the collective values of a group or collection of places​ ​High
The historic places contribute to the collective values of a group​ Moderate​
 
d) Technological Qualities

i. The historic place demonstrates innovative or important methods of construction, or technical achievement, contains unusual construction materials, is an early example of the use of a particular construction technique or has potential to contribute information about technological or engineering history.

R​egionally or nationally important example​ ​High
Locally important example ​ ​Moderate/ Considerable

e) Archaeological Qualities

i. The potential of the historic place to define or expand knowledge of earlier human occupation, activities or events through investigation using archaeological methods.

ii. The place is registered by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga or scheduled in the District Plan for its archaeological values, or is recorded by the New Zealand Archaeological Association Site Recording Scheme, or is an ‘archaeological site’ as defined by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

f) Cultural Qualities

i. The historic place is important as a focus of cultural sentiment or is held in high public esteem; it significantly contributes to community identity or sense of place or provides evidence of cultural or historical continuity. The historic place has symbolic or commemorative significance to people who use or have used it, or to the descendants of such people. The interpretative capacity of the place can potentially increase understanding of past lifestyles or events.

(Research information explains how the place is a focus for cultural sentiment, is held in public esteem, contributes to identity or continuity, has symbolic or commemorative value or has interpretive potential.)

g) Scientific Qualities

i. The potential for the historic place to contribute information about a historic figure, event, phase or activity. The degree to which the historic place may contribute further information and the importance, rarity, quality or representativeness of the data involved. 

The potential for the place to contribute further information that may provide knowledge of New Zealand history.

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