Big digger for Christchurch demo

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 16:22 07/09/2011
This 208 tonne digger is set to change the way demolition is done in Christchurch. The third biggest excavator in the world will arrive in Christchurch at the end of the September.

This 208 tonne digger is set to change the way demolition is done in Christchurch. The third biggest excavator in the world will arrive in Christchurch at the end of the September.

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Breach of rights in quake is new worry Fresh perspective on Christchurch's AMI stadium Aranui homeowner's insurance battle nears end Drone cameras capture bird's eye views of Christchurch quake damage Christchurch's red zones: drone's eye view Video: Quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Christchurch rebuild will be legacy to engineer Quake-stricken Band Rotunda target of thieves Quake zone in transition Photographic reminder of quake-hit buildings

A demolition firm carrying out work in earthquake-stricken central Christchurch is bringing in the big guns.

Nikau Contractors has bought one of the biggest demolition excavators in the world.

The 208-tonne machine, with a 65-metre reach, is set to change the way deconstruction is done in Christchurch.

Nikau senior project manager John Paul Stil said the machine would speed up the demolition process in the cordoned inner city.

''There will be less need for slower cutting and craning the building, which will speed things up tremendously,'' he said.

''The machine is extremely precise and sensitive. It's so accurate you can literally pick a painting off the wall.''

The machine will arrive at Lyttelton at the end of the month and will take up to six days to assemble. It is expected to be operating by October 12.                                        

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is it worth spending extra to repair heritage buildings?

Yes, Christchurch needs to invest in its heritage buildings

No, we should embrace modern design if it is cheaper and quicker

Only some heritage buildings are worth the money

Vote Result

Related story: Landmark church nearly $1m short

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content