Two uni buildings for demolition

Last updated 05:00 28/09/2011
COMING DOWN: The Mushroom, one of the first buildings on the Canterbury University Ilam campus, is to be demolished.
COMING DOWN: The Mushroom, one of the first buildings on the Canterbury University Ilam campus, is to be demolished.

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Two earthquake-damaged buildings at Canterbury University will be demolished.

The university said yesterday that demolition work would start next month on the Mushroom and Siemon buildings at its Ilam campus.

They are the only buildings so far approved for demolition at the university, despite others still being closed.

Vice-chancellor Rod Carr said a report was being prepared on the Registry building and was expected to be completed in November.

The commerce building, which was also closed, would be repaired, with work scheduled to begin in mid-November and finish in January 2013.

Extensive design work was under way to determine how to remediate the commerce building, but the core of the building would be demolished.

The cost to fix the commerce building was not yet known because repairs were still at the design stage, Carr said.

The $500,000 cost to demolish the Mushroom and Siemon buildings would be covered by insurance.

Demolition of the two buildings was recommended after a review of technical and financial information, Carr said.

The decision to demolish required agreement with the insurers, consent from the Christchurch City Council and permission from the director-general of education on the advice of the Tertiary Education Commission.

"Such decisions are always difficult, are not taken lightly and in some cases are in the end matters of judgment," Carr said.

The Mushroom, built in the late 1950s as a lecture theatre, was one of the first buildings to appear on the campus. It has been added to and modified during the years and most recently served as an entry to the College of Engineering. It was also home for part of the college's office and a lecture theatre.

The six-storey Siemon building was built in the early 1960s and housed storage space, workshop, laboratories and academic and postgraduate students' offices.

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