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Shirley Community Centre building to be demolished


Wednesday 15 August 2012

Shirley Community Centre building to be demolished

The earthquake-damaged Shirley Community Centre building is to be
demolished.

Christchurch City Council has received a CERA Section 38 Notice of
Demolition for the closed community centre building in Shirley Road
because it is considered to be dangerous. The Council has agreed to the
proposed demolition but a date when this will occur is yet to be
determined.

The building was seriously damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake
and has deteriorated since then.

General Manager Community Services Michael Aitken says while the
building is significant to the local community, it is unfortunately too
badly damaged to retain.

"Engineers have carried out a number of assessments and explored repair
and strengthening options. However, they have come to the conclusion
that the building unfortunately can't be repaired. With the building now
considered dangerous, the safest option is for it to be demolished. This
is certainly sad for the local community which has used the building in
one form or another for almost 100 years."

The building opened as a primary school in 1916 and, after it was
replaced by a larger school across the road, the Council purchased the
facility in 1977 to convert into a community centre. It has been closed
since the February 2011 earthquake.

Mr Aitken says that a number of significant heritage items will be
retrieved from the building's fabric during the demolition.

The future of the community centre will be determined as part of the
Council's Facilities Rebuild Plan project. For more information about
the project, visit www.ccc.govt.nz/facilitiesrebuild

- ENDS-

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