Second stage of a Timaru Hospital building's demolition complete

The former Timaru Hospital administration building being demolished on Thursday morning.
DOUG FIELD

The former Timaru Hospital administration building being demolished on Thursday morning.

A South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) building at Timaru Hospital literally bit the dust on Thursday.

The administration block was reduced to rubble in the second stage of a demolition process to remove two earthquake prone buildings from the site.

The first building knocked down was Kowhai House, which stood next door to the now-former administration block. It was demolished in mid-September.

The administration block was originally timetabled for demolition in May, with Kowhai house to follow soon after.

A board spokeswoman on Thursday said the administration building, which was built in 1931, was the longstanding home of the board's hospital administration services. 

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However, the brick building's mode of construction contributed to it being deemed a seismic risk. It was "therefore no longer fit for purpose".

Both buildings were evacuated and closed after the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. It was then that engineers determined the buildings had a 'high seismic risk' .

The board previously advised the space vacated by the two buildings would be levelled and used for emergency parking.

The site would be further developed in the future.

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Kowhai House was condemned as it met just 15 per cent of the building code standard. It would have cost  $350,000 to bring it up to 50 per cent of the code or $600,000 for 74 per cent.

An afternoon tea was held on October 6 in the hospital's education centre at which people from the community had shared their memories of the two buildings.

 - Stuff

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