Worcester Chambers

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Worcester Chambers
Worcester Chambers, 2007.jpg
Worcester Chambers in 2007
General information
TypeOffice building
Architectural styleGeorgian revival
LocationChristchurch Central City
Address69 Worcester Boulevard
Town or cityChristchurch
CountryNew Zealand
Coordinates43°31′51″S 172°37′56″E / 43.53072°S 172.63229°E / -43.53072; 172.63229Coordinates: 43°31′51″S 172°37′56″E / 43.53072°S 172.63229°E / -43.53072; 172.63229
OwnerGerard and Siu-Wai McCoy
Design and construction
ArchitectCecil Wood
Designated26 November 1981
Reference no.1950

The Worcester Chambers, recently also known as Gough Chambers, is a Christchurch, New Zealand, heritage building designed by Cecil Wood in 1926.[1] Located at 69 Worcester Street in the Christchurch Central City, it was originally the site of a secretarial school called Digby's Commercial College.[2] As a result of earthquake strengthening in 2007 it withstood the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. It is a Category II heritage building registered by Heritage New Zealand.[3] In September 2015, the building was bought for NZ$2.3m by members of the Gough family: prominent businessman Tracy Gough and two of this children, including Christchurch City Councillor Jamie Gough.[4] The new owners renamed the building Gough Chambers.[5] Although they dropped the rent,[5] they were unable to find tenants and sold the building in late 2016 for NZ$2.18m to lawyer Gerard McCoy and his wife Siu-Wai McCoy.[6]


  1. ^ "Worcester Chambers | Canterbury Heritage Awards". www.heritageawards.co.nz. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Central City Heritage Guide" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Search the List | Worcester Chambers | Heritage New Zealand". www.heritage.org.nz. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ Law, Tina (9 September 2015). "Christchurch councillor Jamie Gough plans to restore $2.3 million heritage building". The Press. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b Liz, McDonald (27 September 2016). "Gough family forced to cut rent on Christchurch heritage building". The Press. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ Liz, McDonald (2 December 2016). "Goughs sell building to Dotcom lawyer". The Press. Retrieved 18 February 2017.