Concrete pour sets the standard

The largest concrete pour within the central city cordon took place in Christchurch yesterday.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the 13-hour project, which started at 3am, was another positive step in the city’s rebuild.

Almost 750 cubic metres of concrete would be laid on the site of a new four-storey office building on the corner of High and Lichfield streets.

‘‘This concrete pour is the largest within the rebuild zone so far,’’ Brownlee said.

There were 32 trucks and two pumps working at the site from 3am, as well as 19 staff.

The office block building is being built by Leighs Construction, which will be a tenant.

It is expected to completed by December.

‘‘It is one of many construction sites behind the rebuild zone cordon at present, but as that cordon is reduced in the coming months the public will see just how much progress is being made,’’ Brownlee said.

The cordon is on target to be completely removed by the

be end of June, when Defence Force personnel manning the cordons will withdraw.

There will be several progressive cordon reductions before then.

The world record for the largest continuously poured concrete foundation was in August 2007 in Abu Dhabi, when 16,000 cubic metres was poured in two days.


  • The Press
  • Photo: Dean Kozanic/Fairfax NZ

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