A unique view of our changing city

00:00, Jan 01 2013
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A view south down Manchester St from Kilmore Street. The empty site on the right was the PGC building. The copper dome of the Band Rotunda can be seen resting on the river bank.
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A view west along Kilmore St from Manchester St showing a new building under construction. On the left is the former site of the Repertory Theatre. The Town Hall is in the background.
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Looking south from Kilmore Street with the remaining ECAN buildings in the foreground, the Copthorne Hotel site at left and the now empty Central Police Station in the background.
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A view south east down Victoria St at the site of the former Crowne Plaza hotel and the Copthorne Hotel site on the right. The blue pallet pavilion performance venue has been built on the former Crowne Plaza Hotel site.
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Looking east from Durham Street across the Clarendon Tower site and into Cathedral Square.
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Looking west from Durham Street down Worcester Boulevard with the HSBC building at the left and the Museum in the background.
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Looking north-west from the Tuam and Colombo Streets corner across the bus exchange car park.
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Looking north from Tuam Street.
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The Bridge of Remembrance.
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A view west down Gloucester Street from Latimer Square. The large empty site on the left was formerly Securities House, Latimer View House, the Mike Pero car yard and a gym. The empty block on the left was former home to Winnie Bagoes and Radio Network House. The Manchester St car park can be seen at the centre of this image. The city's two tallest remaining buildings can be see behind; the Rendezvous Hotel on the left and the Forsyth Barr building, right.
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A view north up Madras St from near Latimer Square. The former Charlie B's Backpackers site on the right has been earmarked for new sustainable housing. The site on the left was formerly Securities House and the Harcourts building. The former Community Law building is intact on the left further up Gloucester St.
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Looking west from Madras Street near Latimer Square, across the block which contained the Radio Network House, TVNZ, the Iconic Bar and many others.
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Looking southeast from the top of Latimer Square. The construction of the new Latimer Hotel can be seen on the left. The former AMI Stadium can be seen in the distance.

A new year brings a new perspective on Christchurch as demolition leaves the central city bereft of landmarks.

Press photographer Don Scott scaled a 30-metre Fire Service ladder to capture the shattered heart of the city.

His photos show intersections surrounded by gravel and car parks, new vistas across the city centre and whole blocks swept clean of buildings.

A shot taken from Cambridge Tce looking east down Worcester Blvd exposes a new city after the demolition of the Clarendon Tower, the Holy Grail and the Regent on Worcester.

Scott said he was surprised by the scale of demolition.

"Looking over the site of the PGC building, you could see all the way to Christ Church Cathedral because so many buildings have been cleared out. I was surprised to see the cathedral from there."

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He said it was a sad experience to view the destruction.

"The city is not what it was. It is pretty heartbreaking to see the state of the city, but you can't put your head in the sand," he said.

"It is sad to see, but that is what we have got to live with. There is a whole lot of nothing out there. Everyone knows it is bad, but you see it from a different angle like that and it brings it home again."

The Press