Tower blocks 'slammed' during quakes

Demolition of Victoria Square office block begins

Last updated 16:51 06/06/2013
Craigs Investment Partners House
David Hallett

COMING DOWN: Craigs Investment Partners House was used as commercial offices.

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Demolition work has started on a building that "slammed" into the Victoria Apartments during the Christchurch earthquakes.

The building and the adjacent Victoria Apartments collided a couple of times during the earthquake, a Hereford Holdings spokesman said.

Workers began stripping out the interior of Craigs Investment Partners House on the corner of Oxford Tce and Armagh St three weeks ago.

The building was written off by insurance companies, and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority bought the land from Antony Gough and others with stakes in the building.

The demolition is expected to last a couple of weeks.

Work with a high-reach excavator would begin soon and the building would be "crunched up" from the top, the spokesman said.

The work is being carried out by Shilton and Brown Demolition.

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