Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Slow BNZ Demolition & Slow New Regent St Restart

Thurs 23.05.13. After dropping off Luke at his Horatio St work, I parked my car at Cambridge Tce to snap early morning, BNZ demolition pics. Dawn backdrop to BNZ demolition was abandoned Forsyth Barr, Victoria Square, Town Hall & Copthorne Hotel in the NZDF cordoned, red zone CBD.

Forsyth Barr & Town Hall were repaired, Copthorne Hotel was demolished.

BNZ demolition slowed for a while, as the CERES high-reach digger needed repairs. After I'd snapped BNZ demolition pics, BNZ was flattened within a week. From reopened New Regent St, once BNZ was demolished, it opened a grassy vista over Avon River, PGC demolition site & beyond to Kilmore St.

Manchester St Bridge images, BNZ demolition, quake damaged Armagh St:


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition. Red zone abandoned Forsyth Barr right awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel



23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition left. Red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel, Victoria Square. Copthorne Hotel right was demolished


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition. Red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr right awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel


After its reopening, since I last saw New Regent St, BNZ demolition proceeded, backdrop to quake & demolition destroyed Manchester St. From Cambridge Tce, I snapped pics when the CERES high reach digger started lunging, gnawing, chomping & water squirting great chunks of concrete, plunging more than 10 storeys. 

BNZ demolition images, quake damaged Armagh St:


23.05.13. Armagh St view of BNZ demolition middle. Red zone abandoned Copthorne Hotel left awaited demolition


New Regent St images, BNZ demolition, Armagh St:


23.05.13. New Regent St / Armagh St junction view of BNZ demolition



23.05.13. New Regent St view of BNZ demolition




23.05.13. New Regent St / Gloucester St junction view of part reopened Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower) Gloucester St


23.05.13. Gloucester St view of New Regent St & BNZ demolition


Across Avon River, Retour Restaurant copper dome still lay on the riverbank by a quake tilted retaining wall. On Cambridge Tce, grassed PGC demolition site lurked, where 18 people died in the PGC collapse, 22.02.11 quake.


23.05.13. New Regent St view of BNZ demolition










23.05.13. New Regent St / Armagh St junction view of red zone, abandoned Copthorne Hotel left, awaiting demolition. Red zone, abandoned Town Hall middle, awaited repairs


23.05.13. Armagh St view of red zone, abandoned Town Hall left, awaiting repairs & digger working BNZ demolition rubble


23.05.13. CERA yellow sticker on fence cordon, New Regent St. Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower) beyond


23.05.13. Close up, BNZ demolition site, Armagh St

Manchester St: I wandered past CERES hazard board, hung on the cordon fence, with ubiquitous ROAD CLOSED & KEEP OUT signs, to part cordoned Armagh St & more cordoned, abandoned bldgs.

Manchester St images, quake damaged Oxford Tce & Avon River:


23.05.13. Cnr Manchester St / Oxford Tce view of demolition site hazard board & danger signs on red zone cordon fence. CERES high reach digger & abandoned Copthorne Hotel beyond awaited demolition


Manchester St Bridge: Oil pollution flowed on Avon River surface. It was the second time I'd seen oil pollution on Avon River over the last few weeks. CERA didn't care about contractors polluting Avon River. My last oil pollution sighting was from Gloucester St Bridge near abandoned Provincial Council bldg.


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of oil polluted Avon River. Red zone, abandoned, Forsyth Barr left awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel. Victoria Square apartments behind tree awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Copthorne Hotel centre awaited demolition




New Regent St: I snapped BNZ demolition pics, great chunks of metal festooning several upper BNZ floors. Since I last saw New Regent St, more shops had opened, but about half the shops were still closed.

Council was slow in providing consents for reopening. Despite nearly 1 000 days post 04.09.10 quake, town clerk Marryatt (on a week's holiday) hadn't speeded up consents processing.

After mayor Parker was reluctant to sell Council profitable assets, like Christchurch Airport & Lyttelton Port Co to pay for NZ govt's / CCDU's CBD Blueprint, PM Key had second thoughts about NZ govt's Blueprint CBD anchor projects, like loss making convention centre & covered stadium, a deception to win over Cantabrians for the 2014 elections.

Numbers of popularity polls in the media concerning which party was ahead in popularity - National, Labour, Greens, Maori... were hilarious. A waste of money. PM Key's & CERA minister Brownlee's visits to Christchurch shown on TV were propaganda to catch National votes.

Meanwhile CERA's dead, void CBD remained.


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition. Red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr middle left awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel. Victoria Square apartments middle awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Copthorne Hotel right awaited demolition


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition. Red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr right awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel


23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition by CERES high reach digger



23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition. Red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr right awaited repairs for Crowne Plaza Hotel





23.05.13. Manchester St Bridge view of BNZ demolition by CERES high reach digger

















See Owners plea to speed up consents (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Projects could be scaled back - Key (The Press / Stuff Co).

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