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THEY BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE, WE PLANNED THE PERFORMANCE.
5 August 2012 – first ever controlled building demolition by explosives for New Zealand. Implosion was achieved by placing small explosive charges in holes drilled in the support columns of the 14 storey building.
Cequent developed a strategy that would minimise risk on the client for this project. As an implosion methodology had not been attempted in Christchurch at that point, a key programme risk was getting held up through the approvals process. Cequent ensured that a conventional strategy was developed in parallel to the implosion methodology so no time would be lost if the authorities didn’t approve the plan. Cequent built the right team for the job and as such, the approvals were granted and New Zealand’s first building implosion was completed with no issues.
New Zealand’s first controlled explosives demolition is not a project you leave to an inexperienced team. This project was a high profile media event with thousands of eyes on it. Every contingency had to be planned for and that requires experience.