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.

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