Demolition court case described as cynical

7:00 am on 24 October 2010

The co-owner of a building being demolished in Christchurch describes an attempt in the High Court to stop the process as cynical.

The seven-storey Manchester Courts building was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on 4 September. It was built 104 years ago.

Opponents on Saturday failed to secure a injunction to stop the demolition.

Co-owners Richard Peebles says the application was cynical because it had no chance of success.

He says Manchester Courts had to be demolished quickly to allow neighbouring businesses to re-open.

Mr Peebles says demolition should be finished in six weeks.

However, he says those keen to save the building are welcome to it if they want it. He says his offer to sell it for a pittance remains open.