Bus Exchange among nearly 600 condemned buildings

Nearly 600 buildings now on demolition list.

Last updated 16:43 04/08/2011
Lichfield Street Bus Exchange
John Kirk-Anderson
FORMER STATION: The once-busy Lichfield St bus exchange is now deserted except for diggers and demolition workers.
Bus Exchange lounge
Kirk Hargreaves
The modern Bus Exchange lounge opened in 2009 to improve waiting conditions for passengers.

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Christchurch's central-city Bus Exchange is among 40 buildings added to the city's demolition list.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) this week added 12 heritage and nine High St buildings to its list of 576 buildings to be pulled down.

The former public library in Cambridge Tce, the former PGG building in Cashel St, the Richmond Methodist Church in Stanmore Rd and nine heritage buildings in High St have been identified for demolition.

Other significant buildings to be demolished include Community House in Hereford St.

The inner-city Clarendon Tower, AMI House, Community House and DTZ building will also be demolished but the fate of the PricewaterhouseCoopers building in Armagh St has not been determined.

The Bus Exchange opened in 2000 but had already reached capacity and a new $119 million underground exchange was planned.

While its future remains unclear, plans for a temporary exchange on the site at the corner of Lichfield, Tuam and Colombo streets are under way.

The Christchurch City Council said the temporary exchange would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for bus platforms, road markings, a passenger waiting room and transport-related technology.

It is expected to open within two months.

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