Railway station turns to rubble

Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012

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Little remains of Christchurch's old railway station in Moorhouse Ave.

The building, which housed Science Alive! and a Hoyts multiplex cinema, was damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Ben Dormer, of Dormer Construction, said demolition was "right on schedule", with the last of the structure pulled down on Wednesday.

All that remained to be removed was the basement, he said.

He expected this would take until the end of the year.

A proposed $52 million redevelopment to replace it includes a piazza, an eight-screen cinema, a nine-storey, 80-room hotel, a playground, a rooftop restaurant, a bar, shops and a gymnasium.

Developers hope to complete the entertainment precinct by November next year, with the hotel tower completed in 2014.

The plans are for the 11,000 square metres of the site owned by Lisa Abbot and do not include the 6000sqm owned by Science Alive! on the eastern corner.

Science Alive! is eyeing a possible move to the city centre but has not ruled out a return to this site.

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- The Press


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