Sunday, July 17, 2011

Demolitions & Daffodils, Post June 13 Quake

Sat 16.07.11. I wanted to see end demolition of old Hagley Hostel, cc 1931, nurses hostel, being demolished since mid May. It was 10 months post Sept 4, mag 7.1 quake & a month post June 13 quake.

The nurses hostel was damaged in the deadly Feb 22, mag 6.3 quake & was red stickered for demolition by Civil Defence during the national state of emergency.

Images, quake damaged Carlton Mill Rd:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, house demolition, cnr Carlton Mill Rd / Bealey Ave





I drove down Carlton Mill Rd & coolpixed demolition of an old house on Bealey Ave corner. A digger crunched & heaped wooden remains. A workman wearing a respiration mask, hosed water on house remains, laying lethal dust.

A neighbour skittered around the site, worried about dust & debris polluting his house. He didn't stay long, neither did I, wary of asbestos. All that was left was an erect, brick chimney on top of rubble, framed by wintry, leafless trees.

Images, quake damaged Christchurch Botanic Gdns:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Avon River footbridge, Christchurch Botanic Gdns car park


I parked my car in Botanic Gardens car park & walked through Botanic Gdns to Hagley Hostel, Riccarton Ave. Signs of quakes abounded: By the car park, a digger stood by empty Christchurch Model Yacht Club pond. By Avon River footbridge a sign read:

BEWARE
UNEVEN
SURFACE.

Hot house, Cuningham House by the rose garden, was white taped in front of the concrete balcony, as the balcony was quake cracked, unstable & yellow stickered. The World Peace Bell was red taped. Across Avon River again, the Bandsmen's Memorial was fence cordoned.


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, closed Cuningham House hot house, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Bench plaque, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, danger taped, World Peace Bell, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, fence cordoned Bandsmen's Memorial, Christchurch Botanic Gdns

By a Botanic Gdns wooden fence & obscuring tree, I coolpixed a digger at Hagley Hostel demolition site, loading scrap metal into a dump truck. On the back of the digger cab cursive words read: DECONSTRUCTION ARTIST.

The digger raised & dropped several bits of metal to loosen concrete. The ground thumping felt like aftershocks.

Images, quake damaged Hagley Hostel, Riccarton Ave:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Botanic Gardens view of a digger loading Hagley Hostel demolition metal into a truck by Christchurch Women's Hospital






16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Hagley Hostel demolition digger, Christchurch Hospital




16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, fire engine at Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, diggers at Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital

By Avon River side, under oak trees I wandered round the back of Christchurch Hospital, to get a better view of Hagley Hostel demolition site. At the back of Christchurch Women's Hospital, I coolpixed a pile of demolition rubble with several diggers & a fire engine on top.

Two workmen in yellow, Hi Vis vests hovered, scowling at me, too close to their cordon fence. I couldn't get through to Riccarton Ave side of the demolition site, as shipping containers blocked my way by Women's Hospital.

Images, quake damaged Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, back view of Christchurch Women's Hospital & Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Riverside entrance to Christchurch Hospital


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Avon River bank excavation & Botanic Gdns fence cordon. Christchurch Arts Centre & YMCA beyond trees


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, electricity generator in Christchurch Hospital car park by Avon River


16.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake closed Antigua St Footbridge over Avon River, by Antigua Boat Sheds, near Christchurch Hospital

Continuing my wander round Christchurch Hospital, I coolpixed Avon River scenes by the hospital RIVERSIDE entrance. Across the river through wintry trees I saw YMCA bldg & quake broken Christchurch Arts Centre. On the opposite river bank excavations were near the water. Higher up the bank stood a fence cordon in Botanic Gardens.

By Avon River vehicle bridge I coolpixed an electricity generator in the hospital car park. The nearby Antigua St Footbridge across Avon River to Antigua Boat Sheds was closed since the Feb 22 quake.


16.07.11. Post Feb 22 quake tea towells, Christchurch Hospital bookshop, Riccarton Ave


At the hospital bookshop window, I coolpixed tea towells, raising Feb 22 quake funds. A red towell with a WW11 slogan in white lettering read:

KEEP
CALM
AND
CARRY
ON.

A white, tea towell with orange Edmonds Flour can read:

CHRISTCHURCH
SURE TO RISE.

A pic of Christchurch Cathedral was on the can with sun's rays behind the cathedral.

A white, tea towell quoted old quake words.


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, 8 plastic sewage tanks, full of crap, Christchurch Hospital main entrance, Riccarton Ave


In the front car park near Christchurch Hospital main entrance, eight plastic, sewage tanks held hospital quake crap. An old lady with a walking stick hobbled past to put coins in a pay car park machine.


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, red danger taped Nurses Memorial Chapel, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave



I passed the Nurses Memorial Chapel, also red taped. At Christchurch Women's Hospital front entrance, I coolpixed a digger bashing the remains of Hagley Hostel metal frame bldg, chewing lumps of concrete from the frame in russet dust clouds.

A workman on a cherry picker hosed dust & debris, while the digger grabbed, pulled & bashed ruins. In front of the demolition site, shipping containers were joined end to end, forming a tunnel for pedestrians, with a sign: WALK THROUGH. I didn't.

Images, Hagley Hostel demolition, Riccarton Ave:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave



16.07.1.1 Post June 13 quake, Maori carving, Christchurch Women's Hospital entrance & view of Hagley Hostel demolition site, Riccarton Ave


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, diggers & water hosing, Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave




16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, diggers, Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave




16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, digger demolishing a Hagley Hostel metal frame & concrete wall, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave








I crossed Riccarton Ave to coolpix Hagley Hostel front facade, left standing & supported by rubble while the rest of the bldg was demolished. As the earth had moved, Christchurch Hospital parking had moved too, to South Hagley Park, by cricket, netball, soccer & rugby fields.


16.07.11 Post June 13 quake, Riccarton Ave view of Hagley Hostel demolition site & Christchurch Women's Hospital


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Hagley Hostel demolition site, Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Ave







16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Christchurch Hospital main entrance, Riccarton Ave

Images, post quake, temporary bus exchange, Hagley Ave:


16.07.11. Post quakes, temp bus exchange, Hagley Ave, Christchurch. Another temp bus exchange was on Bealey Ave


I crossed South Hagley Park cricket field to coolpix the post quake, temporary bus exchange on Hagley Ave. I fetched Luke from there when he caught late night buses to the exchange. Late night driving home to Burnside from the temporary bus exchange, via Montreal St, the CBD was dead, no lights, no high rises seen, a black hole - CBD gone.

Images, quake damaged Christchurch Botanic Gdns:


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Botanic Gdns early daffodils. Christchurch Women's Hospital behind


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Christchurch Botanic Gdns view of Hagley Hostel demolition & daffodils


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, daffodils & lily of the valley, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, The Wrestlers sculpture, Christchurch Botanic Gdns



16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, daffodils, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Christchurch Botanic Gdns workman by Bandsmen's Memorial


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, pruned rose garden, by quake closed Cuningham House hot house, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, closed Townend House hot house, Christchurch Botanic Gdns


Returning to Botanic Gardens car park, I wandered beneath oaks again by Avon River bank. Early daffodils & lily of the valley flowers were out, back dropped by leafless oaks & Hagley Hostel demolition. By the Wrestlers sculpture, Asian tourists with cameras wandered too.

At the back of closed Cuningham House, hot house Townend House was closed & 23.06.11 yellow stickered:

"Damage to entry area of Cunningham [sic] House, resulting in inadequate egress for public. Restrictions on use during ongoing earthquakes..."



Back at the car park, I coolpixed excavation by the Christchurch Model Yacht Club. The pond was liquefaction damaged, drained & repaired with a new clay base.


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, closed Model Yacht Club, Hagley Park


16.07.11. Post June 13 quake, digger & excavation of quake damaged pond, Model Yacht Club, Hagley Park





Driving past Carlton Mill Rd / Bealey Ave corner again, the house demolition site was quiet, the chimney gone.

Coda: 20.10.11.Ten months post Feb 22 quake, when citizens were still banned from the CBD red zone cordon, in late Oct 2011, CERA abandoned the two temporary bus exchanges on Bealey Ave & Hagley Ave. CERA opened a "new," temporary bus exchange on Lichfield St.

At the same time, CERA touted CBD red zone, bus tours from Cranmer Sq, during weekends, from Nov 5 to late Dec. Christchurch citizens, after enduring a year of quakes & aftershocks, were expected to be paying bus tourists in their very own, quake trashed, CERA sanitized CBD.

Never mind celebrities who'd had conducted quake tours in the cordoned CBD months ago. The latest: Tasman & Nelson district councillors, had a conducted tour to gawp in the CBD red zone. (The Press 20.10.11). Their excuse: it would help them sort out their quake responses.

Councillors & CERA disrespecting adult citizens like moronic kids, had themselves to blame if treated likewise.

Sept 2012. The new temporary bus Exchange between Tuam St & Lichfield St was operating. CERA's Central Christchurch Development Unit's Blueprint planned building the permanent Bus Exchange on the old Council bldg site, Tuam St.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

2 comments:

  1. Great shots. Minor correction - the "Sure to Rise" image isn't of a beer can, it's of a tin of Edmonds flour. Edmonds was based in Christchurch; the original site is now Edmonds Gardens on Ferry Road near Ensors. I wouldn't want my beer to rise, once it's down I want it to stay there :)

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  2. Ta blahblahblah. Input appreciated, my migrant slip showing. I drive that way most workday mornings. Go well.

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