While the office building is relatively stable you don’t want to leave it sitting there half torn down and the whole focus is getting these buildings demolished as soon as possible. Steve Cody, Wellington City Council building resilience manager
Demolition continues apace
Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs
Sometimes they start at 5.30am to complete the destruction of the capital’s Defence Department edifice.
The November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake damaged a number of Wellington buildings, including one next to the cathedral, which has now been totally removed.
The Defence headquarters on the corner of Murphy and Aitken Streets in now a shell which is rapidly getting smaller. Local residents are getting sick of the noise, especially with some early starts and motorists are frustrated with traffic down to one lane on the two streets.
Finishing the project quickly and safely is in everybody’s interests.