Second stage of a Timaru Hospital building's demolition complete

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

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. 

Hospital buildings to be turned into rubble
Hospital to lose two buildings

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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