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Mountain of rubble replaces Farmers car park

Three months of demolition work finished

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 08:44 30/01/2013
Farmers carpark
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

GONE: The massive pile of rubble on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester streets used to be the Farmers carpark.

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Under-demolition central Christchurch may be losing its skyline but it has gained a temporary mountain as a result.

This massive pile of rubble, on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester streets, is all that remains of the Farmers parking building after about three months of demolition work.

The department store complex was condemned because of damage sustained in the February 2011 earthquake.

Nikau Contractors South Island managing director Helina Stil said the foundations were yet to come up, but the project was likely to be completed and the site cleared within the next 10 days.

About 6000 cubic metres of concrete and steel from the building would be recycled, she said.

The land has been earmarked for a convention centre in the Government's central-city blueprint.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority spokeswoman said the Colombo/Gloucester streets area would reopen after any remaining major works in the area were completed.

However, no decisions had been made on the future of some buildings including the Forsyth Barr, Copthorne and Town Hall.

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