Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christchurch Cathedral Farce, Northbound Madras St Reopening & Green, East Frame

The Star, 25.04.12. CERA announced that northbound Madras St was reopening on Fri 27.04.12. From Latimer Sq, northbound Madras St was already reopened for months. It was post quake demolition site after demolition site. For months, Madras St was a single north bound lane, with a fence cordon by demolition sites blocking the other lane. With all the demolitions along Madras St it, was ripe for widening.

By Latimer Sq, Christchurch Cathedral diocese was building a post quake, A-frame, Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, corner Madras St / Hereford St.

23.04.12. Demolition began on the 22.02.11 quake collapsed tower of Christchurch Cathedral. Heritage fanatics tried again to Save the Cathedral from complete demolition. Halfwit Wizard raised 50 signatures to Save the Cathedral & was present when bishop Matthews consecrated St Johns demolition site, sprinkling water on the site. Two codgers jabbering in medieval garb. What a farce!.

Bishop Matthews contended that ratepayers must pay $240 000 p/a for use of the Cardboard Cathedral, reasoning that Cantabrians would use the Cardboard Cathedral for civic functions, as had happened pre quakes in Christchurch Cathedral.

Matthews hadn't consulted ratepayers (many non Christians & atheists) about demolition of quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, yet expected ratepayers to pay for the $5 million, A-frame Cardboard Cathedral over its proposed 20 year life.

Post quakes, as Town Hall, theatres & other halls were abandoned or demolished in the CBD, Mathews had a point about a hall for hire, the Cardboard Cathedral. Her detractors like The Wizard hadn't come up with any other viable hall idea. Ruined Christchurch Cathedral & the land on which it was built was owned by the Anglican diocese, not The Wizard nor heritage fanatics.

Nov 2013. While the toxic Wizard whined in the CBD (paid $16 000 p/a by Council of course) he showed no compassion nor zeal about helping 1 000s of Cantabrians who'd lost their homes to quakes & CERA red zone offers. The Wizard often protested at recently revamped New Regent St, opposite The Press offices of course. He never protested in the suburbs.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


27.04.12. Hereford House demolition site by St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, Hereford St


27.04.12. St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Blackwells Hudson & CTV bldg demolition sites & abandoned IRD bldg beyond, Cashel St




27.04.12. St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Blackwells Hudson & CTV bldg demolition sites & abandoned IRD bldg beyond, Cashel St



Jap architect, Shigeru Ban gave a free plan of the Cardboard Cathedral to the diocese to enhance his reputation. The Press pic of the proposed Cardboard Cathedral looked like giant toilet rolls, an A-frame, toilet roll roof covered in plastic, on shipping container walls, with N facing window to impress tourists. Ban's cardboard tube, plastic & container plan looked like a giant tent. That rubbish dump architecture heralded Christchurch CBD's rebuild - mostly steel frame & glass boxes.

Nearby St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, a flexible wooden church, corner Oxford Tce / Durham St Sth, survived the quakes & could easily be shared with Christchurch Cathedral congregation. (Other denominations shared churches with congregations of quake shattered churches). Pity bishop Matthews wasn't doing her pastoral duty, ensuring quake suffering ratepayers were properly housed post quakes, instead of jabbering about her prestigious house of god.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Sth:


27.04.12. Quake survivor, St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, cnr Durham St Sth / Oxford Tce





27.04.12. Quake surviving, stained glass windows, St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, cnr Durham St Sth / Oxford Tce






Ban should put his architect's mind to providing affordable, safe housing for post quake, displaced Cantabrians. Free designs of course, in the spirit of his Cardboard Cathedral.

Fri morning 27.04.12. Flooding on my way to Christchurch red zone, CBD: When I stopped my car at Wairakei Rd / Greers Rd crossing, red lights, a burst pipe near CERA minister, Brownlee's electorate office flooded Greers Rd by the shops. Workmen in orange, Hi Viz vests scurried around, planting orange, road cones to detour traffic. Others used a blue sucker truck to suck flood water.

Hours later, on my return from the red zone CBD, Greers Rd flood water was gone, but orange, Hi Viz vested, City Care workmen dug a hole to replace the broken pipe. Fourteen months post 22.02.11 quake, as there was flooding after a little rain in Greers Rd, Brownlee needed to organize CERA minions to stop flooding in the red zone CBD & quake trashed eastern suburbs, where quakes had caused land sinking.

Nov 2013. There was repeated news about heavy rains flooding Flockton Basin, where quakes had sunk the area about half a metre. Houses were flooded after rains & householders endured repeated post quakes flooding. Meanwhile Council, EQC, CERA & insurers dithered.

Images, quake damaged Greers Rd:


27.04.12. Post quake flooding & repairs, cnr Greers Rd / Wairakei Rd


27.04.12. Repairs to post quake flooding, Greers Rd

 


I drove to Oxford Tce in the CBD to snap St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, a wooden church. During quakes, the church organ was damaged, but the stained glass windows were OK. The wooden church stood proud, while nearby Cashel St bldgs & hundreds of nearby CBD bldgs were trashed by serial quakes.

St Michael proved that wood was good in quakes, as wood was flexible. Our wooden house shook & jiggled in 10 000+ quakes, so far & stood firm. Concrete was crap in quakes, as concrete shattered, cracked & spalled. Post quakes, Council & CERA allowed concrete, tilt slab bldgs to be built all over Christchurch.

I parked my car at Worcester St by Latimer Sq to look at Madras St & the newly opened red zone, CBD niche, along Oxford Tce & Armagh St towards Manchester St.

St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, Latimer Sq, corner Hereford St / Madras St: Weedy with demolition junk on site & a fence cordoned view towards the CTV bldg demolition site, where 115 people died in the 22.02.11, mag 6.3 quake.

Ban's Cardboard Cathedral would soften that grim view. In the red zone, opposite the CTV site, 5 year old IRD bldg was abandoned, like other red zone bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


27.04.12. Worcester St W view of Latimer Sq & red zone, CBD, ghost high rises



27.04.12. Post quake, abandoned bldgs nr Latimer Sq, Worcester St


27.04.12. Post quake rebuild of Latimer Hotel, Worcester St, opp Latimer Sq









Latimer Sq: Surrounded by demolition sites & ghost bldgs. On Worcester St, opposite Latimer Sq, construction workers completed Latimer Hotel rebuild's concrete foundations, more than a metre thick & raised concrete, tilt slab walls.

01.08.12. CERA announced that its L shaped, Green Frame would be made south of Avon River between Madras St & Manchester St & between St Asaph St & Tuam St. That CERA idea was based on Council's Share an Idea scheme done post 22.02.11 quake. Hundreds more demolitions were needed in the Green Frame before trees, flowers & grass were planted in the Green Frame. CERA's risible plan was that the Green Frame would shrink the CBD to maintain property values in the shrunken CBD. It was NZ govt / CERA bureaucratic fantasy of course, as there were 100s of quake survivor, CBD bldgs outside CERA's Green Frame.


27.04.12. Worcester St, quake damaged bldgs, nr Latimer Sq




I wandered across deserted Latimer Sq, quake refuge & scene of sorrow & rescuer activity during the 22.02.11 quake.

Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view to Gloucester St / Madras St crossing


237.04.12. Latimer Sq / Hereford St / Madras St junction, S view over Arrow House & CTV bldg demolition sites to abandoned IRD bldg, Cashel St


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view to Gloucester St / Madras St crossing


Madras St: I wandered northwards towards Armagh St. Desolate demolition sites, used as car parks, were both side of Madras St.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view of Gloucester St / Madras St crossing & quake demolition sites both sides of Madras St. CERA's site for Residential Demonstration Project right, green, E Frame left


27.04.12. Quake demolition sites, Madras St, nr Latimer Sq. CERA's green, E Frame left


27.04.12. Quake demolition sites, Madras St / Armagh St crossing. CERA's green, E Frame left.

Corner Madras St / Armagh St: I wandered past Amicus House demolition site & the irony of quake-closed realtor bldg, bordered by quake demolition sites. Down deserted Armagh St, red zone Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises loomed. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC was demolished.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St & Oxford Tce:


27.04.12. Madras St, W view along deserted, red zone Armagh St. Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises beyond. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC was demolished. CERA's green, E Frame would go from Madras St to Manchester St, incl some of Armagh St


27.04.12. Quake closed realtor bldg, red zone, Armagh St. PWC high rise awaited demolition. CERA's green, E Frame would go from Madras St to Manchester St, incl some of Armagh St




Armagh St - Oxford Tce - Manchester St loop: I cut past abandoned, yellow stickered, Centennial Pool bldg to autumn leafy Oxford Tce. I wandered past abandoned ACC bldg & abandoned, board / fence cordoned Charles Luneys bldg by poplar-lined Avon River to Manchester St Bridge.

On a yellow sticker on Centennial Pool glass door, a protester had scrawled:

SAVE ME NO WHITE
                               ELEPHANTS

Protesters disliked CERA demolishing repairable Centennial Pool for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground in CERA's green, E Frame. Luneys & ACC bldg were demolished for the playground too. It was NZ govt / CERA top-down decisions & CERA fantasies, without consultation with citizens about citizens' needs.


27.04.12. Pissoir unused since 22.02.11 quake, red zone, Armagh St, by Centennial Pool


27.04.12. Quake trashed, Centennial Pool, red zone, between Armagh St & Oxford Tce, Centennial Pool was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground






27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of Centennial Pool garden


27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of Avon River, Cambridge Tce & quake damaged Madras St Bridge


27.04.12. Red zone, Centennial Pool board, Oxford Tce


27.04.12. Red zone, quake damaged, abandoned ACC bldg, Oxford Tce. ACC was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



27.04.12. Red zone, quake damaged / closed Bohemian Cafe Bar, Oxford Tce. Bohemian Bar was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



27.04.12. Red zone, abandoned, Charles Luneys bldg, cnr Oxford Tce / Manchester St. Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of quake damaged Manchester St Bridge


27.04.12. Quake buckled pavement, Manchester St Bridge cordon view of red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Cambridge Tce


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge, red zone, cordon view of Retour Restaurant, awaiting demolition, in CBD red zone, Cambridge Tce. Abandoned Ernst & Young behind was demolished

Manchester St Bridge & Manchester St: Views into the dead, red zone CBD. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) loomed above Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises, the former restored to Crowne Plaza Hotel, the latter awaited demolition

The long standing, red zone, NZDF checkpoint still occupied Cambridge Tce side, but the red zone, cordon fence occupied only half of Manchester St Bridge, lengthwise across the span. Retour Restaurant & Ernst & Young, Cambridge Tce, awaited demolition.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce & Manchester St:


27.04.12. Red zone, cordoned Manchester St / Cambridge Tce / Manchester St Bridge, NZDF checkpoint view of CBD red zone. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) high rise was restored


27.04.12. Manchester St / Cambridge Tce crossing, red zone, NZDF checkpoint view of quake-closed high rises in CBD red zone. BNZ left & PWC right were demolished



A NZDF checkpoint soldier checked vehicles in & out of the red zone, via Manchester St across Manchester St Bridge & Cambridge Tce, past the Retour Restaurant & PGC bldg demolition site, where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Another grim view.

A NZDF checkpoint sign read:

AUTHORISED
   VEHICLES
CONTRACTOR
  ENTRANCE


27.04.12. Red zone, Manchester St / Cambridge Tce crossing, NZDF checkpoint view of PGC bldg demolition site. 18 people died when PGC bldg collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Ernst & Young behind was demolished




When I checked the eastern span of Manchester St Bridge, quakes had shifted the concrete span a couple of centimetres westwards, As in all Avon River bridges I'd seen, quake damage was spalling, buckling, or separations, disguised by asphalt patching, between bridge spans & abutments.


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge, Avon River down stream view of poplars. Cambridge Tce left, Oxford Tce right


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge pavement, 22.02.11 quake buckled above abutment & span join. Oxford Tce beyond

I wandered along Manchester St by Charles Luneys bldg, razor wire above a boarded door in Armagh St, to Manchester St / Armagh St crossing. Red zone, Bob Brown's Hi Fi corner bldg was quake trashed - broken window panes, curtains fluttering through window gaps & cracked walls. At the back corner of Bob Brown's Hi Fi bldg, Armagh St side, a steel reinforcement, column base was exposed, where masonry had fallen off.

Bob Brown's Hi Fi would be demolished, Verkerks butchery too, on the opposite corner. Over the years we'd bought Verkerks meat. Bob Brown's Hi Fi was demolished for CERA's Margaret Mahy Family Playground.


28.04.12. Manchester St Bridge S view of red zone, Manchester St / Oxford Tce crossing. Red zone, closed Charles Luneys bldg left, quake-closed Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & Novotel in red zone beyond. Both hotels were restored. Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground in CERA's green, E Frame


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge S view of red zone, CBD cordon fence & abandoned bldgs


Images, quake damaged Armagh St:




27.04.12. Cnr Manchester St / Armagh St E view of red zone, Armagh St bldgs. Quake-closed Charles Luneys bldg left & quake survivor, Orion utility right. Charles Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, fence cordoned, razor wired, boarded, quake-damaged, Charles Luneys bldg, cnr Manchester St / Armagh St, was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground




27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St E view of quake-closed, Charles Luneys bldg left & abandoned ACC bldg right, which were demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St W view of red zone, CBD abandoned bldgs. Verkerks left was demolished. Forsyth Barr middle was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC right was demolished





27.04.12. Red zone, fence cordoned, boarded, quake-closed, Verkerks Butchery, cnr Armagh St / Manchester St. Verkerks was demolished



27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St / Manchester St crossing, S view of red zone, fence cordoned, quake-closed, CBD bldgs


27.04.12. Quake trashed, Bob Brown's Hi Fi bldg, red zone, cnr Armagh St / Manchester St. Bob Brown's Hi Fi was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



















27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St bldgs: Orion utility left. Quake trashed, Bob Brown's Hi Fi middle was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Forsyth Barr beyond was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel

Armagh St to Madras St crossing: Orion utility still did business. A guard in blue uniform stood at the back gate. Orion linesmen worked well during quakes, reconnecting & keeping power going. During quakes & post quakes, great work was also done by sewer men, telecom workers, water men & road workers keeping services going.

A wall plaque on Orion bldg celebrating a neon mural read:

"Paul Hartigan
Nebula 2001

Neon & mercury-argon tubing on painted aluminium with programmed animation sequence. Commissioned by Orion New Zealand Limited. Officially opened on Monday 19 November 2001..."



27.04.12. Red zone, quake survivor, Orion utility, neon & aluminium mural, Armagh St



27.04.12. Red zone, red oak leaves on Orion aluminium, pavement cover, Armagh St




27.04.12. Red zone, portaloos, back of Orion utility, Armagh St


27.04.12. Quake fallen sign, tyres workshop, red zone, Armagh St


27.04.12. Back of quake trashed Centennial Pool, red zone, Armagh St. Centennial Pool was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


Corner Armagh St / Madras St: Flood puddle by Amicus House demolition site, with an Orion electricity, green metal box buzzing in the foul water. Pedestrians wandered by. Diagonally opposite, in an empty Wilson car park, water still flooded from a burst well near Crighton B & B. The well had flooded Madras St ever since the Feb 22 quake. I suspected the flooding was caused by an underground stream connected to nearby Avon River. And Council & CERA were keen to rebuild on quake trashed CBD sites. 

All that flooding would be included in CERA's Blueprint, green, E Frame.

I wandered back to Latimer Sq along demolition wasteland Madras St.


27.04.12. Quake buckled, paving stones by abandoned realtor bldg, red zone, Armagh St





27.04.12. Armagh St, southern view of quake trashed, abandoned, red zone bldgs, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St. Latimer Sq trees left


Images, quake damaged Madras St:



27.04.12. Red zone, Amicus House demolition site, post quake flooding, cnr Armagh St / Madras St. Wilson car park on demolition site beyond. The flooding would be in CERA's Green Frame & Wilson car park would become CERA's Residential Demonstration Project. It was a taste of CERA's / Council's Nov 2013 proposals for high density living dotted around Christchurch



27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St / Madras St crossing, W view of Forsyth Barr left in red zone, CBD. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC right was demolished


27.04.12. Red zone, Amicus House demolition site, post quake flooding, cnr Madras St / Armagh St. Forsyth Barr middle beyond was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC beyond right was demolished


27.04.12. No cars in red zone Madras St. Gloucester St & Latimer Sq beyond


27.04.12. Madras St, weedy demolition site, W view of red zone, quake-closed, CBD bldgs. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond was restored



27.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, demolition site SW view of quake trashed, abandoned, red zone bldgs, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St




27.04.12. Red zone, Madras St demolition site view of red zone, abandoned bldgs. Left bldgs were demolished. Forsyth Barr middle was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC middle right was demolished

Corner Madras St / Gloucester St: A Smith crane was parked, boom lowered, on Securities House demolition site.

Across Madras St were empty car parks on demolition sites, Charlie B's Backpackers was long gone. The demolition sites would become CERA's Residential Demonstration Project. A taste of things to come, when in Nov 2013 CERA & Council proposed high density housing, 30 - 65 dwellings per hectare, to be dotted all around Christchurch.



27.04.12. Red zone, Smith crane on Securities House demolition site, cnr Madras St / Gloucester St




27.04.12. Madras St, quake demolition sites, nr Latimer Sq. Charley B's Backpackers gone, right. CERA's Residential Demonstration Project would be on the site


27.04.12. Patched cnr Gloucester St / Madras St, W view of red zone CBD. Quake-closed, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond. Latimer Sq tree left. CERA's Green Frame would go from Latimer Sq to Manchester St just before Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)


27.04.12. Latimer Sq W view of red zone, quake-closed Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel). Pacific Tower was restored


27.04.12. Latimer Sq S view to Hereford St / Madras St junction

Saturday afternoon 28.04.12. I did the Madras St walk with Leah, who was disorientated by all the red zone, cordon fencing & missing bldgs around Latimer Sq & northwards along Madras St. Near Centennial Pool, we looped along Oxford Tce by autumn leafy Avon River, past The Poplars demolition site & past Oxford Tce Baptist Church, demolition site, with its 185 Empty Chairs memorial, remembering 22.02.11 quake dead.


28.04.12. Post quake, braced, Edmonds Clock Tower, nr Madras St Bridge. The clock stopped at 12.51 pm when the 22.02.11 quake struck. Edmonds Clock Tower was later decapitated for repairs

Edmonds Clock Tower was fence cordoned, scaffolded, nylon strapped, steel & concrete block braced. The clock stopped at 12.51 pm when the 22.02.11 quake struck. The gargoyles were plastic wrapped & taped. Although FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY were inscribed on the Clock Tower, I thought there was no hope for CBD, quake trashed land. CERA later turned the area into Green Frame & Edmonds Clock Tower was decapitated for repairs.

We crossed quake damaged Madras St Bridge, repeat story of quake damages between spans & abutments & wandered along Cambridge Tce, kicking autumn leaves. I'd wandered that way several times during quake seasons, bldgs still abandoned.


28.04.12. Post quakes, Madras St Bridge, upriver view of Avon River poplars. Oxford Tce left, Cambridge Tce right


I snapped the fence cordoned, Theosophy bldg, which became more damaged by serial quakes. By Avon River bank, Leah stuck her leg about half a metre deep into a leafy, quake crack between road & curb.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


28.04.12. Serial quake trashed, cordoned, Theosophy bldg, Cambridge Tce. Theosophy bldg was demolished









28.04.12. Quake junk, Cambridge Tce


28.04.12. Quake crack between road & curb by Avon River, Cambridge Tce E view. Quake trashed Theosophy bldg left was demolished


28.04.12. Quake crack between road & curb by Avon River, Cambridge Tce. W view to Manchester St NZDF checkpoint

Quakes & CERA red zone cordons strangled the life out of CBD bldgs on both Avon River banks. As the riverside bldgs looked dangerous, despite removal of liquefaction silt & touch ups, most of those riverside bldgs were demolished. So much for CERA's vaunted encouragement of commercial activity in the red zone CBD. I didn't see bldg owners & entrepreneurs, nor international funding rushing back to that NE part of Christchurch CBD.

The joy of wandering Madras St environs that weekend - there were more pedestrians than cars. It would be a miracle if the red zone CBD continued to be so. Contractor vehicles & heavy-duty, demolition & construction vehicles had hammered the citizen-forbidden, red zone CBD for months.

Sun 29.04.12. Madras St tranquility for pedestrians & cyclists only lasted 2 days. On Sunday, southern Madras St beyond Latimer Sq to Tuam St was reopened, after 14 months of demolitions post 22.02.11 quake. 

Coda, Jan 2013. It would be 28 months before the NZDF occupation of Christchurch CBD by CERA would stop. CERA's WMDs were demolisher diggers. Pre quakes Christchurch citizens were so welfare state smug, they didn't know their own government would occupy their CBD by means of cordons, closed bldgs, demolitions & NZDF checkpoints for 28 months. Citizens banned. All for citizens' safety of course, while NZ govt / CERA cherry picked what CERA proclaimed, red zone land CERA wanted to buy with taxpayers' money for its projects & precincts.

By late 2015 NZ govt's / CERA's "rebuild" verbiage morphed to "regeneration" verbiage,

Content & pics copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See CERA shadow over cathedral (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Shigeru Ban's architecture (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See CERA documents on Christchurch Cathedral.

See Flockton Cluster beg council for flood aid (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Margaret Mahy Family Playground (CCDU).

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