Crowne Plaza to come down

The Crowne Plaza will be demolished
The Crowne Plaza will be demolished

A major Christchurch hotel will be demolished, leaving uncertain futures for its 160 staff.

The owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel this afternoon confirmed the building, badly damaged in the February 22 earthquake, will come down.

IHG, who own the hotel, said it "remains committed to maintaining a presence in Christchurch'' although the Crowne Plaza will not be rebuilt.

IHG managed the hotel under its Crowne Plaza brand on behalf of building owner, Eureka Funds Management.

Eureka today briefed hotel staff, who have remained on full pay since February 22.

Eureka also confirmed the hotel will not be rebuilt, primarily due to rising construction costs resulting from changes to the Christchurch building codes.

IHG said its "immediate priority'' was to work with Eureka to find redeployment opportunities for staff willing to relocate to other hotels in New Zealand, Australia and worldwide.

"Today's meeting gave closure to our Christchurch colleagues who have been waiting for the structural engineers to provide their assessment on the hotel. Our first order of business is providing fresh opportunities

for those of our colleagues who are willing to relocate from Christchurch," IHG Australasia chief operating officer, Bruce McKenzie said in a statement.

All three hotels under IHG management in Christchurch - the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn City Centre and Holiday Inn on Avon - sustained significant damage during the earthquake which struck the city almost six months ago.

McKenzie said there was still a lot of work to be done to determine what the future holds for IHG's presence in the city.

 "That said, we're working closely with the City of Christchurch, our partners and the industry to determine that future, with every intention of remaining a part of this city.''

The Press