Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A fairly typical scenario.

This is a relatively new building in the suburb of Addington. And by new, I mean built in 2010. It is actually a fancy carpark which services several large office developments.  Since the Feburary 2011 earthquake, it has been unused, presumably while awaiting repairs. The small, narrow, leafy surrounding streets have been chock full of parked cars from 8am to 6pm every day.  

Today I drove past and realised that they have actually started demolishing it (see the far right of photo). I'm not sure it was ever open for more than a couple of months, but it is obviously uneconomical to repair.  

It's just a reminder that the demolition process is so far from over - not only do all the old crumbly damaged buildings have to be taken down, but so many modern buildings are also awaiting destruction - often they are not irreparable, but the cost of starting from scratch is cheaper than repairing.

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