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Big arrival . . . An onlooker inspects the sections of building that will form a major extension to Rangiora's health hub. PHOTO: NEIL CLARKSON

A major extension to Rangiora’s health hub has rolled into town, transported on the back of five trucks.

The sections of what was formerly the Hagley Outpatients Building made the journey early last Saturday morning.

They were parked up initially on the daffodil lawn, fronting on to Ashley Street, awaiting their final rehoming on to piles. That work was continuing this week.

The Canterbury District Health Board says the extension will house public health nurses, social workers, Rural Adult Community Services, Adult Community Therapy Services, community mental health staff, the Child and Family Rural Service from Hillmorton, and a range of minor services.

Awaiting placement . . . The sections of the building were parked on the daffodil lawn before being moved on to piles. PHOTO: ROBIN MARSHALL

Work to prepare and deconstruct the building for transportation has been unfolding over the past two months on Riccarton Avenue.

Built in 2012, the building, which includes a two-storey section and a single-storey section, was designed in a way that would allow it to be dismantled easily once the new Christchurch outpatients building was complete.

It was always intended that the single-storey section would be relocated to create an extension to the Rangiora Health Hub.

The shift in the early hours of Saturday was carried out by specialist building relocators Kings House Removals, using five trucks and 11 pilot vehicles.

The sections were this week being systematically moved into place on a total of 196 piles before work to rejoin them.

Once in position, minor alterations will be required to make the buildings fit for purpose.

Site redevelopment unit project manager Brendon Groufsky says nothing from the building has been wasted and nothing went to landfill.

Every part will be reused on the Rangiora site.

A time lapse video of the building being deconstructed and trucked off to its new life can be seen at vimeo.com/312309993.