Bid to save heritage pieces

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 05:00 25/07/2011
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The Press building slowly reduced to rubble.

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A door to nowhere was all that remained of the western end of The Press building yesterday.

Demolition of the newspaper's historic home will continue until the end of next week but is expected to slow today while a delicate operation is performed.

Demolition crews, under the eye of heritage experts, will attempt to remove The Press crest in one piece.

Nikau Contractors operations manager John Paul Stil said the crest, which sits above the main doorway, would not move easily.

"We'll have a look at it, but it might be too unstable. We'll try and save it if we can."

Michael Doig, the New Zealand director of building owner Ganellen, said the Christchurch City Council heritage response team would be involved in the process. "We're working with them to try and recover items of heritage significance."

He hoped the crest could again be seen by the public.

Intricate lacework and special stonework would also be the targets of rescue attempts.

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