Challenging demolitions: The Hotel Grand Chancellor

Christchurch’s 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor was badly damaged in the earthquake of 22 February 2011. The building was on a visible lean and fears that the building would collapse at first hampered Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) work in the area. USAR teams worked quickly to stabilise the Grand Chancellor in the first instance and it needed further stabilisation before it was deconstructed. Later, Fletcher Construction carried out the deconstruction over 11 months under the supervision of CERA’s Significant Buildings Unit.

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