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Christchurch band rotunda to be deconstructed

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The Christchurch City Council-owned Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda in Cambridge Terrace is to be deconstructed.

The Council has received a CERA Section 38 Notice for the band rotunda because it is considered to be a dangerous building.

The band rotunda was significantly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and has subsequently suffered further structural damage and significant land damage. The deconstruction process is expected to take two weeks.

Transport and Greenspace Unit Manager Alan Beuzenberg says, "The building is unfortunately now in a dangerous state. This means that the best, and safest, option is for the building to come down."

The band rotunda is listed as a Group 2 protected place in the Christchurch City Plan and registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category II historic place. It was gifted to the city in 1929 by Thomas Edmonds as part of the commemoration activities that marked his 50 years of business in Christchurch. It was converted into a restaurant in 1986.

Mr Beuzenberg says a recovery, deconstruction and protection plan has been developed with the Council's heritage team to deconstruct and remove the structurally sound dome and roof and to salvage samples of the less damaged columns, balustrades, steps, plinth and basement.

"While the building cannot be saved, it is hoped the deconstruction process will enable the careful recording and retrieval of some heritage details as safety considerations allow," Mr Beuzenberg says.

Although the Council had already undertaken engineering and geotechnical investigations on the site when the CERA notice was received, no decision has been made about the band rotunda's future. Options for the rebuild of the band rotunda will be considered in due course as part of the Council's Facilities Rebuild Plan project. For more information about the project, visit www.ccc.govt.nz/facilitiesrebuild

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