Asbestos 'hot spots' found

01:31, Nov 09 2013
Bus exchange asbestos
NO ENTRY: Asbestos "hot spots" have been discovered on land earmarked for the new central-city bus exchange.

Asbestos has been found on the central Christchurch property earmarked for the new bus interchange.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokesman said initial test results show three asbestos "hot spots" in the soil of the unoccupied Crown-owned property between Lichfield St and Struthers Lane.

Buildings on the site had already been demolished and the land was unoccupied following the earthquakes.

The preliminary test results were obtained by Cera yesterday.

To prevent exposure to the public, Cera has contained the area by erecting fences and using sprinklers to suppress the dust.

"Further testing is being carried out to provide more information on the presence of asbestos, and this will lead to a strategy to remediate the land," the spokesman said.

A contract has been awarded for the demolition of the adjoining former Christchurch City Council Civic Offices on Tuam St. Any hazardous material from the building would be removed before demolition was approved, he said.


The Press