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South Island’s tallest building undamaged by quake


Published on Sep 14, 2010

The South Island’s tallest building – home to The Marque Christchurch hotel - has come through this month’s earthquake virtually unscathed.

The state-of the-art building, which was completed earlier this year, stands 22-storeys tall and was built to the highest specifications so that it would withstand full capacity earthquake events.

It was engineered to comfortably handle an earthquake of up to double the size of the 7.1 magnitude quake which struck Christchurch on September 4.

The Marque Christchurch occupies 15 floors of the building and hotel manager Brad Watts says that apart from some superficial cracking in the internal plasterboard walls of a few guest rooms, the hotel came through the quake undamaged.

“Not even a glass or a bottle moved in our bar area during the main quake and aftershocks. The building responded just as it was designed to,” Mr Watts says.

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