Christchurch building

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Malvern House in central Christchurch at 159 Hereford Street is for sale. A lot of damage to its interior has been done by vagrants, its owners say.

The Chew family has placed Malvern House, Christchurch’s most tagged building, on the market.

At 159 Hereford Street in the heart of the CBD and a stone’s throw from Cathedral Square, the mid-century office building is being sold “as is where is”. Formerly home to the Christchurch International College the seven-storey building was constructed in the 1960s.


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The building was owned by Vincent Chew, who died in October last year, and has been inherited by siblings Christopher and Qwan-ling Chew.

Vagrants had caused “tens of thousands” of dollars-worth of damage in the building by smashing toilets, stealing copper piping and cabling, and ripping handbasins from walls, Christopher Chew told The Press in March.