Clock tower demolition begins

Future of Science Alive! uncertain

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 13:23 31/08/2012
Science Alive clocktower
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BIT BY BIT: The clock tower on Christchurch's old railway station is demolished.

Science Alive clocktower
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COMING DOWN: Demolition begins on the clock tower on Christchurch's old railway station.

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Demolition of the clock tower on Christchurch's old railway station site started today.

The clock has already been removed from the tower, and Science Alive! intends to use it in its new complex, which may be in the new central city.

Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie said the centre was still "exploring our options" for rebuilding Science Alive! in the innovation or cultural precincts outlined in the recently released Christchurch Central Development Unit blueprint.

The cultural precinct was the "preference", Petrie said, but nothing was finalised.

Plans to rebuild on the old railway site were on hold while discussions were held with building owners in the central city on whether they wanted to sell.

Being in the central city would provide more tourist foot traffic.

"We're in a holding pattern," Petrie said.

"We've got to look at what's best for us long-term. It's a matter of seeing what the landowners come back with. I think it's going to be worth the wait."

If a move went ahead, Petrie said, it was likely their part of the railway site would be placed on the market.

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