First container arrives for pop-up mall
The first of the containers for the new pop-up mall planned for the old Adelphi Hotel site have arrived in Kaiko¯ura.
The historic pub and hotel, built in 1921, was badly damaged in last November’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake and was demolished in July.
Elevate Crane delivered the first 40-foot shipping container from Christchurch on Friday which was followed by two more on Saturday.
Several others will eventually make up a down-sized version of the New Start project in Christchurch.
The containers are being stored at one end of the site while the project waits for resource consent and ground work is completed.
Crane operator Dave Chivell who worked on the Christchurch recovery with Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Team (SCRIPT) moving containers around the city said to see them turn into shops was an amazing idea.
‘‘The eight-tonne crane on standby was a bit small to lift the container, so we did a double lift with the 15-tonne crane for safety reasons.
‘‘It’s quite exciting to see it being pieced together.
‘‘It’s the sort of job you get to see right from the start to the end stage,’’ he said.
The plan is to install a smaller version of the Christchurch’s former Re:Start Mall, which used brightly coloured containers as temporary shops after the city’s own 2011 quake.
‘‘Just seeing them turn into shops has been fantastic.’’
The Kaiko¯ura Mall project was cut down in size after the original organising group was unable to find enough funding to complete the project.
Four Square owner Stephanie Thompson came up with the initial idea to replicate the shipping container shopping mall concept that helped save Christchurch’s central city.
Thompson said it was to help Kaiko¯ura take a positive step forward in the recovery and for those businesses that have damaged buildings to have somewhere to relocate while repairs were being done.
A 15-tonne-crane was used to lift the container and an eighttonne crane to place it.