Demolition within three months

Copthorne Hotel Durham St contract awarded

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 11:25 22/07/2011
Copthorne
DON SCOTT
GOING: The Copthorne Hotel on Durham St will be demolished within three months.

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time? Evan Smith can't find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church Skinning, 'crazy people' and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival Christchurch educator Jacqueline Duncan receives special honour Gerry Brownlee says change to Otakaro's purpose no big deal, calls Labour 'deluded' Flooding at Christchurch earthquake memorial site expected, Crown says

The quake-damaged Copthorne Hotel in central Christchurch will be demolished within three months.

The contract to demolish the Durham St Copthorne Hotel has been awarded to local company Leighs Engineering, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said today.

Demolishing the 11-storey hotel would be a "big job", but the work was expected to be completed within three months, he said.

"We want to get these badly damaged buildings down safely and as quickly as possible so more businesses can get back up and running in the central city."

Five companies had been considered for the contract and the tender panel and building owner decided to award the contract to Leighs Engineering, who would demolish the building by conventional methods, he said.

"The building will be demolished by mechanical means using high reach excavator machines. The first stage of demolition will involve a complete inspection of the structure by the contractor's engineering team Holmes Consulting Group."

The company would then assess the need for any additional propping before work began to strip the inside of he building.

The roof and mechanical plant would then be removed, before the building's facade and structure were demolished.

Finally, the basement would be removed and the site would be restored by backfilling and compacting it to ground level.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content