Just got to get Rydges and Millenium fixed up as well. Four years on and still no agreement with repairs for the latter one not underway it must be under- insured dispute so as not enough payout to cover all the cost of the repairs they should just bite the bullet and finance the repairs and get their hotels back open to create some income off their properties again.
I heard over a year ago that the Millennium was fixable at relatively low cost, but the owners were doing whatever they could to get the building declared a write-off and demolished because they'd rather take the insurance money than get a functioning hotel back which they didn't want any more.
I think they do want a hotel in ChCh, but a part of their thinking is that if the Anglicans don't allow the cathedral to be restored then Cathedral Square won't be a draw and they'd rather locate elsewhere
can the mayor/council/government not demand action on the cathedral tidy up? where exactly is it at now? what are we waiting for??? surely there comes a time when it must be declared environmentally a risk? what about health/rats/squattors/vandels etc You wouldnt be allowed to dump a pile of bricks in the middle of queen street in AUCKland so why is this situation allowed to exist...
I think we should all get used to Cathedral Square being a mess. Anglicans who will accept no help from anyone have stated that they will not build a new contemporary cathedral until they have all the monies to do so. At this point in time they are 10's of millions short. They stated 2 years ago that to raise the monies needed and to build will take at least 10 YEARS. They will not take on any loans. The real danger is that they demolish,and then years later find they cannot raise the money and can the whole show and Christchurch gets nothing,
Best option as far as I can see is to hand it over to Anderton's lot I imagine it is easier to fund raise to restore than to fund raise to build from new.
My 2 cent's worth.
^^ I agree, I think Sir Miles warrens option is the obvious way to go. $67mil isn't a ridiculous price tag. Just get to it already!
Work is now underway converting the hotel. The builder/developer Lanyon & Le Compte has bought other as is where is buildings and restored them if only other firms were willing to do the same our city may not have so many holes to fill as it does today. Not much can be seen from the outside just the site fence.
Maybe gutting it back to it's shell before they put in the new rooms later.
I went up to the top on the open day back in 89. Then it was called Robert Jones House someone wrote on the dusty window 'Nice View Bob' I always remember that for some reason. Yes it is very lucky it has been saved from the wrecking ball as many residents of the city wanted it gone. So glad the owner not give in to peer pressure.
^^ Yeah Bob Jones is a clown. He had a chance to make it big back in the 80s/90s, but his ego did him in
One of the best towers that got scrapped in the 80's was called 'The Octagon' it had 16 floors all with 8 sides on a 2 level square podium was to go up on Oxford tce by Cashel mall with alternating black and red 'Canterbury colours' with mirror glass was a very sleek design was to be built by Bert Govan but alas it not go ahead maybe too late market had gone for office space only a 2 floor project got built on the site in the end.
I wish they could do something like that today but cost would be prohibitive and too high as well. Developers were more daring in those days willing to put up a landmark not like the small hum drum projects we get on offer today.
what I am really impressed by is that this building had a lot of bad publicity at the time of the quakes with people being trapped, internal stairs collapsing etc and if I remember correctly was one of the first that I think was initially talked about for demolition. But a complete turnaround! And now a world class hotel (sort of):banana: