Shirley Community Centre to be demolished

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 09:08 15/08/2012

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

National Portrait: Earth's rumblings a fascination for scientist Dr Ken Gledhill Government's 'third power' move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used. Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties 'Overkill' central Christchurch intersection has 19 lights Home owners aghast at fee for Southern Response class action Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case Christchurch Dilemmas: Taking power back in Christchurch Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

The Shirley Community Centre will be demolished after an engineering report deemed it "dangerous".

The nearly 100-year-old centre in Shirley Rd near Chancellor St was seriously damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and has been closed since.

The Christchurch City Council has received a Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority section 38 notice of demolition for the building because it is considered to be dangerous.

Community services general manager Michael Aitken said that while the building was significant to the Shirley community, it was too badly damaged to repair.

"Engineers have carried out a number of assessments and explored repair and strengthening options. However, they have come to the conclusion that the building unfortunately can't be repaired,'' he said.

"With the building now considered dangerous, the safest option is for it to be demolished. This is certainly sad for the local community, which has used the building in one form or another for almost 100 years."

The building opened as a primary school in 1916 and, after it was replaced by a larger school across the road, the council bought it in 1977 to convert it into a community centre, which was used by several community groups, including Age Concern.

A demolition date has not been set.

Aitken said heritage items would be retrieved from the building during the demolition.

The future of the community centre will be determined as part of the council's facilities rebuild project.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content