Sat 20.08.11. After a snowy week, snow had mostly thawed. Blue sky again, it was time to snap some quake broken bldgs near Leah's Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St.
Across the road from the school, I wanted to see Richmond Working Mens Club, London St & around the cnr, Richmond Methodist Church, Stanmore Rd. Both I'd already seen in various quake damaged states since the Sept 4 quake.
I also wanted to see Holy Trinity Avonside, old, stone, Anglican Church tucked in Lychgate Cl suburbia, off Stanmore Rd & Avonside Dr. For months post quakes, ruined Parish Hall could be seen from Avonside Dr / Stanmore Rd crossing, while I waited at traffic lights.
During my commutes driving Luke across town to Sullivan Ave tech, I drove past those bldgs, but wanted a closer look, before they vanished in CERA demolitions.
41 images, London St, Stanmore Rd:
20.08.11. London St view, part demolition, Richmond Working Mens Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
Over the last couple of weeks the south-eastern section of Richmond Working Mens Club was being demolished. A brick wall had collapsed in the Feb 22 quake & was trashed in the June 13 quake, more wall & roof collapsed. Leah said whenever a digger bashed, or a truck rumbled by, her school shook like another aftershock. It left kids & staff jittery.
20.08.11. Two orange diggers, part demolition, Richmond Working Mens Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
More school misery was Council road workers repairing London St, 2 months post June 13 quake & 6 months post Feb 22 quake. A digger was used & was parked on London St for several days after work. You'd think Council planners would've planned to do that noisy, dusty, thumping, road work during recent school holidays, reducing stress on quake stressed kids & staff. In addition, noisy bldg construction work went on across the road. Triple trouble.
26.10.11. Result two months later, London St was still lumpy, bumpy & pot holed by Leah's school. Council was wasting money, time, machines & labour repeatedly patching roads. Why didn't Council get it right first time?
CERA's SCIRT road repairs run by National govt bureaucrats were disgustingly slow. SCIRT boss Ford didn't even live in Christchurch. SCIRT was a hotch potch of engineering contractors & Council, all fixing Christchurch infrastructure. All under the aegis of CERA.
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013. SCIRT sewer renewal excavations & more demolitions of Richmond Working Mens Club. Machine jolting gave Leah a continuous headache for a week.
Early 2013. SCIRT excavated Pavitt St & Cumberland St by Leah's school - sewer renewal. Same irritations for staff & kids.
Oct 2013: London St was still patched. I'd read all the SCIRT pamphlets, obtained from Fendalton Library, boasting about SCIRT infrastructure rebuild work. SCIRT loved telling you that $2 billion would be spent replacing 500 km of damaged sewage pipes out of 1 700 km total of sewage pipes in Christchurch. Pamphlet titles trumpeted:
1. WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE DOING
2. KEEPING IN TOUCH
4. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
5. REPAIRING UNDERGROUND SERVICES
6. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
7. PRIORITISING THE REBUILD
8. UNDERGROUND PIPES
10. RETAINING WALLS
NZ was good at wasting money on PR spin, but slack at sorting essentials in good time. More than 3 years post 04.09.10 quake, Leah had endured interminable Council & SCIRT excavations & detours on London St, while SCIRT stuffed around laying pipes, repeating excavations & road patching ad nauseum. SCIRT often left poorly patched roads, a bigger mess than quaked roads.
20.08.11. Part demolition, Richmond Working Mens Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
I parked, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, by the Village Green & snapped afternoon pics of Richmond Working Mens Club. Two orange diggers were parked on the mostly cleared demolition site. Rubble lay on the cnr with a fence cordons obstructing London St / Stanmore Rd traffic. Like many quake ruins I'd seen over the last months, closed, second storey doors awaited oblivion, never to be reopened.
20.08.11. Demolition rubble, part demolition, Richmond Working Mens Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
Stanmore Rd side, the club badge stood high on the white, cracked wall awaiting demolition destruction, while cars whizzed past. Like other demolition sites around town, signs hung on the fence cordon. Two signs read:
20.08.11. Stanmore Rd view, part demolition, Richmond Working Mens Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
After Richmond Working Mens Club part demolition was completed, the site was cleaned up & the exposed wall was covered in black plastic. For months I drove past the black plastic wrapped wall. Plastic wrapped & tarp wrapped, quake damages were a common sight in post apocalypse Christchurch.
16.11.11. Black plastic wrapped wall, Richmond Working Mens Club demolition site, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd
Further up Stanmore Rd, Richmond Methodist Church was still standing, wooden door locked, old & new red stickers proclaiming the church's abandonment. Before quakes, Leah had regularly taken school kids to the hall, flattened by quakes.
20.08.11. Red stickered Richmond Methodist Church door, Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Orange digger, demolition site, Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
Richmond Methodist Church demolition site was fence cordoned, signs on the fence. One sign read:
The church hall was gone. Damaged by the Feb 22 quake, trashed by the June 13 quake, finished off by CERA demolishers. Just a pile of iron & a rubble pile left, an orange digger parked on the church lawn, a dust extractor machine touted hire.
20.08.11. Orbiter bus & Richmond Methodist Church, Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Demolition site, Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd, post June 13 quake
I drove down Stanmore Rd & along Avonside Dr & parked by a POLLUTED WATER sign nailed to an Avon River tree, by Avonside Girls High School. As quakes had trashed Christchurch sewage pipes, Avon River was an open sewer for months.
10 images, Avonside Dr:
20.08.11. POLLUTED WATER sign, Avon River, Avonside Dr, post June 13 quake
Avonside Girls HS was closed, the old bldg due for demolition. The school had moved to share premises with Burnside HS, Greers Rd, near our home. A school sign by locked gates read:
THIS SITE IS CLOSED
BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN
AVONSIDE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY RELOCATED
TO BURNSIDE HIGH SCHOOL, 151 GREERS ROAD, BURNSIDE, 8053
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS SITE - EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED BUILDINGS...
20.08.11. Avonside Girls High closed sign, Avonside Dr, post June 13 quake
Post Feb 22 quake, every school day for many months, we saw convoys of red buses transporting Avonside GHS students to & from Burnside HS.
Cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd was trashed by serial quakes since Sept 4 & was still cracked, bumpy, semi repaired. An orange, roadside pump still pumped sewage from a manhole on quake slumped Avon River bank.
Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd / Linwood Ave crossing repairs were only completed by Oct 2012.
20.08.11. Quake damaged cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, post June 13 quake. The road cnr was repeatedly damaged by quakes since the Sept 4 quake, as it lined Avon River bank
20.08.11. Orange, roadside pump, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, post June 13 quake
I wandered Avonside Dr to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, snapping pics en route, while traffic jostled by: a liquefactioned, house demolition site, collapsed neighbouring garage still seen; couple of quake damaged houses, snow still in overgrown gardens.
20.08.11. Liquefaction mud & quake damaged garage, Avonside Dr, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Quake damaged house, Avonside Dr, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Holy Trinity Avonside entrance, Avonside Dr, post June 13 quake
At the pavement entrance to Holy Trinity Avonside, an orange, road sign read:
USE STANMORE RD
Since the quakes, many new, road signs & CBD, new, checkpoint signs directed post quake traffic & banned citizens from the red zone CBD. Christchurch was dictated to by minister Brownlee & CERA flunkeys.
Holy Trinity Avonside & Parish Hall were damaged by the Sept 4 quake & trashed by Feb 22 quake. Parish Hall was being demolished, an orange digger parked on site, vertical & horizontal, roof structures screaming at blue sky.
67 images, Lychgate Cl:
20.08.11. Demolition site, Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
A skinny man in orange, Hi Vis vest, no hard hat, no tools, no clipboard, scowled at me when he scuttled out of Parish Hall fence cordon. As no other workers were on site, was he a thief?
20.08.11. Belfry & lychgate, undamaged by quakes, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Red stickered Holy Trinity Avonside fence cordon, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
The green, wooden lychgate had survived the quakes, so too the mini, metal belfry near the car park. A red sticker on the fence cordon enclosing the church looked ridiculous. No one in their right mind would enter that ruin. The fence cordon weaved past old grave stones. A south side, garden fence completed closure.
20.08.11. Bench plaque, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Quake surviving, W facade, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
The western stone facade still stood with locked wooden door & stained glass window intact. The rest of the church was kaput: transepts, nave, chancel walls & windows collapsed, scaffolding trashed, stone rubble everywhere, roof bits resting on stones. Western wooden, roof arches still stood, supporting some slate roof. Roof snow in shadowy nooks, late afternoon, sunny mess.
20.08.11. Quake trashed S walls & windows, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Quake trashed SE roof & walls, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
A graveyard sign by the fence cordon read: PLEASE USE UNBREAKABLE CONTAINERS FOR FLOWERS. Too late, pre quakes, church authorities hadn't strengthened the church, making it unbreakable. They'd had years to do so.
20.08.11. Cemetery sign & fence cordon, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. Quake trashed N facade, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. NE view of quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. William Rolleston gravestones, Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. E view of quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. SE view of quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. NE view of quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
20.08.11. N view of quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
Ruin after ruin, wooden arches had proved the strength of wood as a bldg material in quake zones. I'd seen several quake trashed churches where brick & stone walls had collapsed, but the roofs stayed intact under wooden arches. Examples: Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl; St Lukes, Manchester St; St Johns, Latimer Sq; Samoan Church, Cashel St; Knox Presbyterian, Bealey Ave...
20.08.11. N view of surviving roof structures, quake trashed Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl, post June 13 quake
26.10.11. Two months later I returned to Holy Trinity Avonside. Parish Hall & Holy Trinity Church were gone, demolished. Just the green lychgate left. A yellow digger dug sand & heaped stones on the church demolition site.
26.10.11. Parish Hall demolition site view of Holy Trinity Avonside demolition site, Lychgate Cl
26.10.11. W side cemetery view of Holy Trinity Avonside demolition site, Lychgate Cl
26.10.11. Lychgate left after Holy Trinity Avonside demolition, Lychgate Cl
*Wandered London St, Stanmore Rd, Avonside Dr, Lychgate Cl.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.