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Quake damaged cliff repaired in Sumner

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

Iconic shipping containers set into the base of a Christchurch cliff-face to protect motorists from falling rocks and debris are to be removed on Monday.

Set up in the wake of the quake, the containers along Peacocks Gallop in Sumner had become a visible reminder of the Christchurch earthquakes after the 75m high cliff-face behind collapsed during the February 2011 quake.

However, the containers can now be removed after a project to shift 50,000cu m of collapsed material from the cliff has proven successful.

Christchurch City Council general manager city services David Adamson said the containers had become an iconic sight.

"(They) even looked great adorned with art work for a time," he said.

"But it's fantastic to see this work completed early so that the Sumner community, and all the people who visit the beach, aren't constantly faced with this very visible reminder of the earthquakes."

The remediation project in Sumner also involved the complex demolition of three cliff-edge houses and the removal of around 63,000cu m of landslide material on the adjacent hillside called Deans Head.

Project managers also employed remote control, driver-less diggers in the hazardous work area to avoid putting workers at risk.

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