Demolition works begin for Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre

Facility was torched by huge fire in October 2019 while under construction

There is yet to be a timeline for the rebuild of the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland.

AUCKLAND - Three months after a huge fire broke out on the roof of the SkyCity Convention Centre, workers have started demolition works on the US$700 million property.

On Jan 22, workers removed the first loads of scorched debris from its roof - but there's still yet to be a timeline for its rebuild.

Workers were lifted by crane onto the blackened roof to collect debris. Even elements that visibly appear uncompromised, like steel support beams, may need to be removed.

What's removed also needs to be recycled. There's also the potential for mould damage, after millions of litres of water was pumped into the building to extinguish the fire.

The SkyCity Convention Centre was due for completion before the end of 2019 before the fire razed the building.

Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the fire, saying it will still be "some weeks before a full timeline for the rebuild is completed" - although it's committed to opening it "quickly".

However, the extent of the damage indicates a "quick" opening is unlikely. Events booked for the convention centre are considering moving to Christchurch or to a different country entirely.

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