Built Environment

The built environment includes buildings, housing, infrastructure and recreational facilities. These are critical to the health and wellbeing of communities. Here is what we have to share.

An Innovative Alliance

A project of the size and scope of the Christchurch rebuild needs solid sys...

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Building resilience into the Christchurch sewer system

The most costly disruptions always happen when something we take for grante...

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Challenging demolitions: The Hotel Grand Chancellor

Christchurch’s 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor was badly damaged in the...

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Christchurch’s heritage buildings after the earthquakes

This case study outlines the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s a...

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City Care: Christchurch Earthquake 22 February 2011

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that...

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Contractor safety inside the cordon

CERA took over the management of Christchurch’s central city cordon two m...

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Cordon access: An overview

Following the February 2011 earthquake, a cordon closed off most of Christc...

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Creating a high performance environment, with intent

Resilient Organisations had the opportunity to talk with Duncan Gibb, CEO o...

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Designating and acquiring land in central Christchurch

A case study examining land designation and the acquisition process.  This...

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Offsite health and safety

This case study looks at CERA’s offsite health and safety responsibilitie...

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The Significant Buildings Unit

Immediately after the February earthquake, Civil Defence established a Crit...

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Watermark

Watermark was the first of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (CERA...

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An Innovative Alliance

A project of the size and scope of the Christchurch rebuild needs solid systems backing up the work on the ground. SCIRT’s innovative business processes, built from scratch by a team under intense p...

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Building resilience into the Christchurch sewer system

The most costly disruptions always happen when something we take for granted stops working. Rebuilding Christchurch's sewers involves balancing the demands of time and money against future-proofing th...

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Challenging demolitions: The Hotel Grand Chancellor

Christchurch’s 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor was badly damaged in the earthquake of 22 February 2011. The building was on a visible lean and fears that the building would collapse at first hamper...

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Christchurch’s heritage buildings after the earthquakes

This case study outlines the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s approach to heritage buildings after the earthquakes. It includes the development of the Heritage Buildings and Places Recover...

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City Care: Christchurch Earthquake 22 February 2011

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand's second-largest city.   The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especia...

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Contractor safety inside the cordon

CERA took over the management of Christchurch’s central city cordon two months after the February 2011 earthquake. During its peak the cordon area represented the largest construction site in the so...

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Cordon access: An overview

Following the February 2011 earthquake, a cordon closed off most of Christchurch’s central city. A monitored pass system was implemented by CERA to provide limited, safe access to business owners, t...

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Creating a high performance environment, with intent

Resilient Organisations had the opportunity to talk with Duncan Gibb, CEO of the Stronger Christchurch Rebuild Team (SCIRT) during his last few weeks as CEO.   This case study explores the underpinni...

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Designating and acquiring land in central Christchurch

A case study examining land designation and the acquisition process.  This supported the vision for rebuilding Christchurch’s central city as more compact, green and accessible.  Anchor Projects r...

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Offsite health and safety

This case study looks at CERA’s offsite health and safety responsibilities. It discusses the risks of working inside and around earthquake-damaged buildings and demolishing residential red zone prop...

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The Significant Buildings Unit

Immediately after the February earthquake, Civil Defence established a Critical Buildings Unit that was responsible for badly damaged, large buildings in the city. This team became the Significant Bui...

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Watermark

Watermark was the first of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (CERA) Anchor Projects to be developed for the Christchurch rebuild.   The project was intended to demonstrate the options and po...

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We sat down with people who gained a lot of experience from working in recovery and together we identified five common themes. These themes help us understand the learning from the Canterbury recovery.

Themes