Goliath finishes off Westpac building

Goliath finishes off Cashel St building

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 17:00 05/11/2012
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JOSEPH JOHNSON

NIBBLE: A high-reach machine nicknamed Goliath is demolishing the Westpac building in Cashel St.

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The demolition of the 14-storey Westpac building is nearly complete.

A high-reach machine, dubbed Goliath, which can reach up to 42 metres and was imported from Britain in February, is being used to demolish the Cashel St landmark.

It cost about $120,000 to import the machine, which was purpose-built to take down London's Wembley Stadium.

McGee March demolition supervisor Steve Jones said there was not much demand for the machine in Britain, so it was suggested it be brought over to help with the relief effort in Christchurch.

He believed it would remain in Christchurch.

"She's going to be adopted [in Christchurch]," he said.

The demolition of the Westpac building, which started in March, is expected to be complete by Thursday.

However, it would be another three to four weeks until the the foundations were removed, Jones said.

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