Science Alive! intends using clock again
Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Work is under way to take down the clock on the Science Alive! building, which will be demolished next week.
Ben Dormer, of Dormer Construction, said clock expert Malcolm Lyall had been brought in to pull the clock apart.
The last time the clock was touched was when it was restarted by Mayor Bob Parker last October after it froze on 4.35am in the September 2010 earthquake.
Dormer said a crane with a 40-metre steel arm and cage was used to access the clock from the roof as the badly damaged building was deemed unsafe to enter.
The cage would also be used for workers to pull the arms off the clock from the exterior of the building.
He said the clock mechanism and faces would be accessed inside the tower through a trapdoor on the roof.
Dormer expected the clock would be removed by today.
The "delicate" process would enable the clock to be used on a new building.
Dormer said the internal stripping of the building was nearly complete and demolition was expected to begin next week.
He understood Science Alive! hoped to rebuild on the Moorhouse Ave site.
However, the Christchurch Central Development Unit has approached Science Alive! about its planned science complex to be based in the central business district.
Science Alive! commercial manager Brian Keeley said the location for the new building had not been finalised.
"The clock is special to the people of Christchurch, we believe. It's our full intention to incorporate the clock in the new Science Alive! complex." he said.
Keeley said the decision would be made by the New Zealand Science and Technology Charitable Trust board "as soon as possible".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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