Concrete pour 'largest within rebuild zone'

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 08:12 28/02/2013
Concrete pour
DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ

BIG PROJECT: The largest concrete pour within the central city cordon has started at 3am.

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The largest concrete pour within the central city cordon has started this morning.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the 13-hour project, which started at 3am, was another positive step in the city's rebuild.

He said almost 750 cubic metres of concrete would be laid on the site of a new four-storey office building on the corner of High and Lichfield streets.

"This concrete pour is the largest within the rebuild zone so far," Brownlee said.

There were 32 trucks and two pumps working at the site from 3am, as well as 19 staff. The smoothing work is expected to be done by 10am.

The building, which is being built by Leighs Construction who will be a tenant in the new offices, is expected to be completed by December.

"It is one of many construction sites behind the rebuild zone cordon at present, but as that cordon is reduced in the coming months the public will see just how much progress is being made," Brownlee said.

The cordon is on target to be completely removed by the end of June when Defence Force personnel manning the cordons will withdraw.

There will be several progressive cordon reductions between now and then.

The world record for the largest continuously poured concrete foundation was achieved in August 2007 in Abu Dhabi when 16,000 cubic meters of concrete was poured within two days.

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