Demolition starts on Southland Building Society building
Demolition starts on Southland Building Society (SBS) building
Demolition will start today (Friday 9th September 2001) to bring down the nine storey Southland Building Society (SBS) building located on the corner of Manchester and Worcester Streets Christchurch. The building was deemed unable to be saved following the February 20011 earthquake.
The SBC building, formerly known as the Manchester Unity Building, was designed by prominent architect Peter Beaven and built in 1967.
contracting firm Ceres Environmental Services (CES)
CES established a New Zealand
operation following the February earthquake and is wholly
owned by David McIntyre, the same principal of United States
private equity firm Vesta Equity
The SBS demolition is expected to take about 40 days and will involve the use of a CAT 385 Ultra Reach Demolition Excavator with a boom that when fully extended, has a reach of 15 stories. CES understands that their machine is the only one currently operating in New Zealand that is capable of reaching this high.