Three grand­stands at Man­feild de­mol­ished

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Three Man­feild Park grand­stands bor­der­ing Bren­don Hart­ley Drive have been de­mol­ished.

The build­ings' fate was sealed be­cause they did not meet code com­pli­ance for earth­quake risk. As­bestos and fire risk were an­other fac­tor in the de­mo­li­tion of the three grand­stands.

The grand­stands dated back to the Feild­ing Jockey Club from 1890 and ended in 1999 when the club moved to Awa­puni.

The land and chat­tels were sold to the Manawatu¯ District Coun­cil which then handed them over to the Man­feild Park Trust where they were used for a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity and com­mer­cial pur­poses.

The com­plete re­moval of the most mod­ern of the three struc­tures took a week and the other two were each de­mol­ished in days fol­low­ing.

Cen­tral De­mo­li­tion's Ian Butcher said all build­ings of­fered dif­fer­ent chal­lenges.

The over­hang­ing roofs were taken apart and deconstruction was started at the out­side edges with the as­bestos in all three build­ings re­quir­ing spe­cial care

“The big­gest de­ter­min­ing fac­tor with any de­mo­li­tion now is how you re­move that ma­te­rial safely. There are a lot of con­trols and reg­u­la­tion around that.”

Brick and tim­ber ma­te­ri­als were sal­vaged from the oldest of the three build­ings and con­crete was also re­cy­cled.

“Brick and con­crete are easy to de­mol­ish — con­crete can be re­cy­cled as a clean fill prod­uct. The brick is not eas­ily re-used be­cause of the type of mor­tar but the po­ten­tial for the tim­ber is high.”

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