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Lancaster Park rebuild 'uneconomical'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016

Repairing Christchurch's Lancaster Park could cost almost $300 million, which Mayor Lianne Dalziel says would be "uneconomical".

An independent review of the stadium has found re-commissioning it to be capable of holding international rugby tests would cost between $252 million and $275m.

It was insured for $143m, and demolishing it would cost around $20 million.

'The damage to Lancaster Park after the 2011 earthquake was gauged by construction firm Rawlinsons, who said it cannot be repaired for $50m as the park's insurers believed.

Ms Dalziel said the $50m figure was "clearly not realistic"; repairing the foundations alone could cost $39 - $49 million.

The epicentre of the quake in February 2011 was located around 6km south-east of Lancaster Park which caused significant damage to the stadium.

CCC councillors and Canterbury Rugby Football Union representatives were shown the extent of the damage on Wednesday.

"It was very useful and allowed us to get a real understanding of the magnitude of the work involved in re-commissioning the stadium,'' she said.

"Whether we go down that route or opt to demolish is a big decision and one we need to get right.''

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