Hotel's roof is off - now just 28 floors of concrete to go
The Grand Chancellor hotel is roofless and will soon lose its place among Christchurch's tall buildings.
The 28-storey building was badly damaged by the February 22 earthquake, slumping in its southeastern corner, and was earmarked for demolition in March.
The hotel has come through the first stage of its deconstruction - the removal of its roof - on time and work now turns to propping up the top three floors for deconstruction. A protective fence will be erected underneath the top storeys to catch any falling debris and prevent dust clouds from spreading while the interior is removed.
Deconstruction of the building proper is due to start in January, and is expected to take one week per floor.
Once it reaches level 15, the height of the hotel car park, demolition and repair work inside the fall zone will start. The building will be gone by April 20.