Historic hospital building coming down

Posted 02 Apr 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
Posted in Heritage , Media , Demolition
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St George's Hospital
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GOING, GOING: Paul Arthur watches the demolition of the category 2 heritage building at St George's Hospital.

 
St George's Hospital
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GOODBYE: Staff watch as the St George's Hospital building is torn down.
 
St George's Hospital
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HEAVY WORK: A digger uses its pincer claws to tear at the St George's Hospital building.

Demolition of a historic Christchurch hospital building is under way.

The category 2 heritage building at St George's Hospital in Papanui suffered major structural damage in the February 2011 earthquake.

The building, which opened in 1928, housed the hospital's maternity wing as well as meeting rooms and the main reception area.

The hospital was not able to provide maternity services for almost a year after the quake, but maternity beds became available again in January.

Hospital chief executive Tony Hunter said every effort was made to retain the building, but it was not "economically viable".

Plans were under way for another building on the 1300-square-metre site, he said.

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