Why is the car park having to be demolished?
The 14 November earthquake caused damage to the building’s central pillars which has made it unsafe to enter. This means there is no way to carry out any strengthening work that may have enabled further repairs.
When will the demolition start and finish?
Reading International, the property owners, are working with the demolition contractors directly on this. The demolition started in January and is going really well, and as of 15 February the properties at 9 and 11 Tory Street, and several premises along Courtenay Place that are part of the Courtenay Central complex are now safe to reoccupy.
The cordon is expected to continue to move over the next weeks to allow re-entry to more buildings when it’s safe to do so.
Are people able to re-enter properties around the Tory/Reading Cordon?
As the car park comes down the risk lessens which means that the cordon can move in some areas.
My home, car, business is inside the cordon, when can I get access?
Some residents and businesses will be able to re-enter their properties to get possessions. Different buildings are closer to high risk areas than other buildings so decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.The council will keep people and businesses up to date.
How long will the cordon be in place?
The cordon will remain in place as long as it is required to ensure public safety.
Is there asbestos in the car park?
How will the car park be demolished?
The car park building will be taken apart using long reach excavators equipped with hydraulic claws and impactors. This will allow for a precise and controlled demolition process. This is the same process that was used to take down the building at 61 Molesworth Street.
What support is there for people within the cordon?
Residents and businesses can visit ERIC (Earthquake Recovery Information Centre) located in the Public Trust Building at 135 Lambton Quay to find out what support is available.
Can I claim insurance?
Talk to your insurer and if you need more help visit ERIC (Earthquake Recovery Information Centre) located in the Public Trust Building at 135 Lambton Quay.
Who is going to pay for the damage/loss to my apartment/business?
Talk to your insurer first and if you need more help visit ERIC (Earthquake Recovery Information Centre) located in the Public Trust Building at 135 Lambton Quay.
Why can't containers (or similar) be erected and open the east side of Tory Street?
Shipping containers cannot be used at this site because of the amount of space the machinery needs to operate.
Who is responsible for security of my place?
The council is managing the cordon around the area and reporting any suspicious activity to police. If you see any criminal activity, please contact the police.
Who owns the Reading car park?
Reading International, a United States based company, owns the car park and the council is working with them.
When will the cinema and Reading complex be open again?
It will depend on how the demolition work progresses. It will probably be several months before the complex is open again.
What will happen to the site once the car park has been demolished?
It’s up to Reading International, as the owners, to decide what happens to the site once the work is complete.