Eye-opening statistics coming out of Christchurch

Christchurch rebuild statistics recently published by the Press and Stuff give pause for thought. According to the article, prohibition notices shutting down unsafe construction sites have risen 1700 per cent, from 13 in 2010 to 224 in 2013. In the same period, injuries have more than doubled, from 64 to 139, and written warnings on…

Engineers on the rack

In recent days, criticisms have been levelled at the disciplinary process of engineers as it was revealed that both Alan Reay and David Harding were able to resign from their professional body, IPENZ, before investigations were completed regarding their involvement in the CTV building collapse in Christchurch (see an article in the Listener here). Last…

Does the Christchurch rebuild need more UK input?

Lord Livingstone, the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, was in the news yesterday, visiting Christchurch and making a case for greater input from UK construction companies in the rebuild (see article here). Essentially, he argues that UK companies have a proven track record of successfully completing construction projects of equivalent size of…

The gradual recovery of Christchurch’s city centre

There have been a number of recent reports about positive actions in the recovery of Christchurch’s earthquake damaged city centre. Most recently is news today that Forsyth Barr House, Christchurch’s tallest office tower, may be converted into a hotel. The earthquake-damaged 19 story building, located on the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets in the…

Building work still expected to take off

Last week Air New Zealand announced plans to increase the number of domestic flights into Christchurch by 6% over the coming year. It is also working towards a 5% increase in the trans-Tasman flights run out of Christchurch with its partner Virgin Australia. The increase in demand for flights shows that both residential and commercial…