Demolition underway for quake-damaged Wellington building

Publish Date
Monday, 28 November 2016, 10:08AM
Photo: Georgina Campbell, NZME

Photo: Georgina Campbell, NZME

After several delays, a high-rise office block at risk of collapse is finally being torn down in Wellington.

The nine-storey building at 61 Molesworth Street was severely damaged in the 7.8 magnitude quake two weeks ago.

It's been ear-marked for demolition ever since, but that's been delayed due to a number of issues including gale force winds over the weekend.

Wellington City Council spokesman Mike Scott says with work finally underway this morning, cordons around the building could be reduced within a week.

He says they're keen to get Molesworth Street back open for nearby businesses, and for the Thorndon Fair set down for this Sunday. 

- Newstalk ZB