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Old February 8th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #21
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Christchurch was well on its way at one stage to possibly rivalling Wellington, there was that much construction on the drawing boards during the late 80s, when the stockmarket crash happened it, left what was only a small portion of developments actually coming to fruition.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 12:03 AM   #22
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yes it does cross the mind doesn't it.. would it have stood up and just swayed a little or would it have come twisting down! If it was the latter it would have substantially added to the loss of life given that the feb quake was around lunch time so the viewing platforms and cafeteria would have been busy..

And what was to be the construction type? does anyone know? would it have been designed/built to meet worst case earthquake scenario standards ( is there a standard "tower" construction method that is used around the world) or would it have been done on the cheap and be a risk to us all... does provide interesting thinking. I don't know of any viewing towers around the world that have been subject to earthquake damage
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Old June 28th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #23
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Any news on this project? Maybe they got cold feet, It has not got underway and the lower levels of the BNZ are still standing on this site. Are there new plans to repair it and lease it out for office space?
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