Thai restaurant to have latest quake tech

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013

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A new multimillion-dollar Victoria St building will house a Thai restaurant and a law firm and feature the latest in earthquake-resistant technology.

The three-storey building will be at 51-53 Victoria St, opposite the Christchurch Casino.

It will accommodate law firm Taylor Shaw and the Aroy Thai Restaurant.

Project manager Steve Brownie, of Priority Projects, said the building would look "very classy" and would fit into the Victoria St precinct.

"The technology that will be used is really the latest refinement in base isolation . . . it uses concave discs on stainless steel that are separated with a Teflon-type material and it can essentially slide on itself."

He believed this was the first time the technology would be used in New Zealand.

Priority Projects had been working on five new developments but lost four of them after the Christchurch Central Development Unit plan came out and earmarked the sites for various anchor projects, Brownie said.

"But this one is under consent and it's really tangible now and that's great," he said.

Thom Craig Architects designed the building.

Brownie hoped the Christchurch City Council would grant resource consent soon, meaning construction could start next month.

"We definitely want to avoid laying the foundations in the middle of winter."

Construction would take about 12 months, he said.

A recent Press article showed Victoria St had been a hot spot for land sales and developments as the area sits outside the cordon but is close enough to the city centre to still be attractive.

The council has granted 24 commercial building consents for Victoria St since the February 2011 earthquake.

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