November 8, 2011

The Copthorne Durham deconstruction....

The demolition of central Christchurch's quake-damaged Copthorne Hotel is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
More than $5 million of repairs had been planned for the Copthorne Hotel Christchurch City, on Durham St, after the September 4 earthquake.
However, the 11-storey hotel suffered further damage in the February 22 earthquake and Leighs Engineering was awarded the contract to demolish the building on July 21.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) had initially considered using explosives to bring down the hotel, but the risk of damage to other buildings meant conventional demolition using cranes and excavators had been chosen instead.


  1. Dang. It looks pretty upsetting to see these bits of your geography reconstructed.

  2. Always sad to see a building partially down, no matter what the circumstances. Knowing yours, doubly so.

  3. When I saw that it made me realise how precarious tall buildings are in such situations - and that isn't so tall by many standards.


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