Government Life building to come down

MARC GREENHILL
Last updated 11:44 14/05/2012
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THE END: The Government Life building in Cathedral Square is set to be demolished.

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The former Government Life building in Christchurch's Cathedral Square will be demolished.

It is one of 50 buildings on the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's latest demolition list, which includes three heritage houses, the Waterside Apartments in Ferrymead, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium and partial demolition of the former civic building in Tuam St.

The Government Life building, built in the 1960s, had in the past attracted criticism for looking out of place in Cathedral Square.

An entry in the Encyclopedia of New Zealand described it as Christchurch''s first example of a ''modernist glass box''.

The building was largely empty at the time of the February 2011 earthquake.

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