Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Work has started on demolishing the tower of the Farmers car park building in central Christchurch.
The tower segment of the Gloucester St building will be demolished using the cut-and-crane method before the high-reach excavator - "Twinkle Toes" - is brought in to remove the rest.
Gloucester St, between Oxford Tce and the Isaac Theatre Royal site, is closed while demolition takes place.
The department store complex was scheduled for demolition after it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. The land has been earmarked for a convention centre in the Government's central-city blueprint.
The Press has set up a webcam on the sixth floor of Press House to monitor the demolition.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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