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A total of 837 protected heritage buildings in Christchurch have been assessed since the 22 February earthquake. Of those, 338 have received red placards, 24 of which have been approved for deconstruction.
National Controller, John Hamilton acknowledged the critical importance of heritage buildings to the character of Christchurch . However, he said public safety was paramount.
“In those cases where deconstruction is required to mitigate risk to public safety, every attempt will be made to retain as much of the building as possible so that material can be used in a rebuilding programme”, said Mr Hamilton.
64,163 buildings have been assessed since the earthquake. 77 buildings have been identified as needing to be deconstructed.