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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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tower..

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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Old October 25th, 2014, 06:33 AM   #24
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In case anyone didn't know and was wondering, this ones cancelled.
Govt was going to lease it but kept low-balling developer with the amount they would pay for the lease. Developer told them to get lost and then I'm pretty sure left town after that.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 04:02 AM   #25
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Warren and mahoney's website has taken down its renders for this project. So it would seem the above post is true. Soo annoying! Anyone know what the most likely scenario is for this site? Wish they would hurry up and build something!
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Old November 10th, 2014, 06:45 AM   #26
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Warren and mahoney's website has taken down its renders for this project. So it would seem the above post is true. Soo annoying! Anyone know what the most likely scenario is for this site? Wish they would hurry up and build something!
I'd say we'll see a new building here eventually, the cathedral isn't exactly helping the square at all. I do doubt that they will fix the old tower podium as it looks pretty stuffed from the outside. Besides, it was built to be a podium, not a standalone building.

Its funny that they've removed this project, but not the Rural Bank House which was cancelled back in 2012.

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Old November 11th, 2014, 05:53 AM   #27
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This is how the site currently looks. They only stopped demolition due to asbestos being found in the building. This was over two years ago though so I have no idea what is happening now.



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Old November 11th, 2014, 06:45 AM   #28
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This is how the site currently looks. They only stopped demolition due to asbestos being found in the building. This was over two years ago though so I have no idea what is happening now.
The asbestos is long gone. CERA signed a contract to demolish the entire thing, but then did a runner once the removal was complete. Leaving the base to rot. They did the exact same maneuver with the Govt Life building, only finally finishing the demo this year.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 03:20 AM   #29
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This building has a fence around it now with Pace demolition signage up so maybe they will finish it off soon to ground level.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #30
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This building has a fence around it now with Pace demolition signage up so maybe they will finish it off soon to ground level.
It always has. The Pace stuff has been there for at least 2 years.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 11:47 PM   #31
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Derelict building to make way for central Christchurch's post-quake rebuild

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In a major breakthrough for Christchurch's Cathedral Square, the old BNZ House is coming down to make way for a major new development.

New owner Nexus Point Ltd has begun stripping the derelict office building of its remaining asbestos, and hopes to have the site cleared by April.

The move follows five years of stop-start demolition, insurance wrangles, abandoned redevelopment plans, and graffiti attacks on the site.

Nexus Point has already started demolishing neighbouring buildings for its new development, after buying up the entire row of Hereford St properties from the old BNZ House to Westpac Lane.

The former Christchurch Community House has already gone, and the damaged 1930s Allied Assurance building is coming down.

Director and shareholder Surja Yang confirmed they were demolishing from east to west.

Demolition of the old BNZ House would start "very soon", once the asbestos was gone. Construction could start late this year or next year.

The new development would most likely be a complex of "two or three" buildings, including a hotel, shops, offices and hospitality outlets, Yang said.

"We've got a few options and we're talking to people like hotel companies now. It's a big site with good frontage to Cathedral Square.

"I'm ready to build as soon as decisions with tenants are firmed up."


Nexus Point's project director for the development, Lincoln Blair of Cequent Projects, said they were already "sitting down with hotel owners" and had also had calls from retailers.

"There are lots of interested parties – it's a prime site."

Blair said designing the new complex could take most of this year.

There had been no post-quake rebuilds on Hereford St between Colombo and Manchester streets, and the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) had been holding meetings with landowners to try and encourage progress.

Yang said the meetings had gone well, and he was optimistic other nearby landowners would start making plans.

He said hoped to see action on the Millennium Hotel next door, as well as the Christ Church Cathedral and Convention Centre sites. "They affect the whole square, and people's plans."

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While nothing is confirmed as yet, it's good to finally see a commitment from the owner. This site has been one of the biggest eyesores in the city, and brings Cathedral Square down almost as much as the Cathedral itself. It's about time it came down. Needs a hotel or apartments, with north facing ground floor hospitality outlets making maximum use of all that space and sunlight.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 01:13 AM   #33
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Sweet! If the Cathedral restoration goes ahead I hope they'll pull the trigger
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