Gloucester Arcade demolished

21:00, Dec 05 2012
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Repair of the Novotel Hotel continues.
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The old Clarendon facade still stands on Oxford Terrace.
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The Holiday Inn is but a pile of rubble on Cashel Street.
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Looking south from High Street towards Cashel Street; Ballantynes is at far right.
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A lone survivor on the west side of High Street between Hereford and Cashel.
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The BNZ building, seen from the Hereford Street side, continues its steady reduction.
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The Clarendon facade on Worcester Street and the old Avon Theatre/Holy Grail building at left.
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Avonmore Tertiary College plans to reopen in this building, between High and Hereford Streets, early next year.
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Demolition started yesterday on the Gloucester Arcade, between the Isaac Theatre Royal and Colombo Street.

The Gloucester Arcade has been demolished.

Demolition workers made short work of bringing down the building this morning, located at 131 Gloucester St.

The arcade used to house many shops and restaurants including Antonio's Bar, the Yakiniku Sunshine Restaurant and  Osaka Japanese Cuisine.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokesman said the buiding was the subject of an owner-initiated demolition. 

"The demolition plan was approved and work commenced last month," he said.  

The building is in the designation for the Performing Arts Precinct.

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