Demolition starts on Shadbolt House
Demolition of Lyttelton's old port company building, Shadbolt House, started this morning after it was deemed too badly earthquake-damaged to repair.
The Norwich Quay high rise, owned by Independent Fisheries since the 1990s, has been vacant since it was damaged in the February 2011 quake.
General manager Mark Allison said the company had looked at repairing the building but found the cost of strengthening required to bring it up to the building code uneconomic because of its age.
Demolition is expected to take about a month.
The company plans to build a commercial or retail development on the site, possibly next year.
The landmark building, built in 1959, was home to the company's fleet operation, a customs office, a radio station and two serviced apartments.
A bakery and fish-and-chip shop operating out of portable cabins have relocated to another part of Norwich Quay while the demolition work goes ahead.
The company also owned the Royal Hotel and the Lyttelton Hotel buildings, both on Norwich Quay, which had to be demolished.