Twinkle Toes checks in

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 05:00 13/09/2012
The Holiday Inn
DON SCOTT/Fairfax NZ
COMING DOWN: The Holiday Inn in Cashel St will be demolished by December.

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The Holiday Inn in central Christchurch will be demolished by the end of November.

The 13-storey building will be taken down in a matter of weeks by the long-reach excavator known as Twinkle Toes.

The 220-tonne machine is demolishing the PricewaterhouseCoopers building in Armagh St and will take down the Farmers parking building in Gloucester St and 193 Cashel St before starting on the Holiday Inn on October 15.

Demolition of the nearby 14-storey Westpac building should be completed by the end of February.

The 149-room Holiday Inn was bought by Philip Carter in 1995 and refurbished for $16 million. The hotel was given a $2.5m upgrade in 2009.

Nikau South Island director John Paul Stil said Twinkle Toes would take about four weeks to demolish the building. The top three storeys would be cut off and craned away, while the excavator would deal with the remaining storeys.

The Holiday Inn was designed by Christchurch architect Peter Beaven, who died in June.

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