utilising multiple techniques to deconstruct the largest structurally damaged building in new zealand.
Soaring ABOVE THE SKYLINE, THE 22 STOREY PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPER (PWC) BUILDING IN CHRISTCHURCH CENTRAL MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN THE CITY, BUT FOOT BY FOOT SHE WAS THE LARGEST.
Certainly impressive to look at, the PWC building suffered severe structural damage to its outer 1m square beams and columns resulting in the structure resembling the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Complete with a basement swimming pool and carparking structures and 22 mixed use office / retail and cafe floors above, in her heyday, the PWC building was home to over 1,500 workers.
The structure was completely cluttered top to bottom with all manner of equipment, including workers personal effects, which Nikau made the effort to pack and remove for safe return back to owners, or, as in the case with much of the office furniture and equipment, these were donated to local charities and schools; all with owners permission.
Due to the unstable nature of the structure and the surrounding environment, the first six floors had to be "cut and craned" while the surrounding environment was prepped with the installation of over 2m of sand and gravel to allow for Twinkle Toes to mobilise to site safely without risk of damage to extensive underground service networks.
Twinkle Toes made short work of the remaining structure and PWC was resigned to the history pages of the city within 11 months.
To view The Press article on the Deconstruction of PWC - Building Destroyers 30.09.12
View Nikau's Time Lapse Video of the PWC Deconstruction below