There’s a dinosaur like beast-machine attacking the Currong Flats and the former public housing buildings are tumbling, chunk by chunk, to the ground.
The serious phase of the wrecking is now underway, some months after notices first appeared outside the Ainslie Avenue complex alerting passers by to the impending demolition.
All bonded and friable asbestos was due to be removed from the site opposite the Canberra Centre and the Gorman Arts Centre before the walls and internal structures were removed floor by floor. No implosion will take place.
The demolition will reportedly cost the ACT Government $6 million.
The apartments were built in 1959. The buildings were eight storeys high and contained 212 units all up. Students lived in the apartments from 2006 to 2014, when they vacated so that demolition preparations could begin.
SHL Development, the company behind the Campbell 5 precinct, bought the sites of the Currong and Allawah flats for $47 million at auction in February.
Allhomes reports SHL plans to build 515 new apartments in buildings ranging from three to 12 storeys on the site, as well as commercial space of about 4100 square metres.