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.

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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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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Demolitions and Operations: An overview of the CERA Operations team

Formed in late March 2011, the Operations team managed the structural demol...

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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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Guidelines for a cordon

Implementing a cordon after a natural disaster is a challenging and critica...

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Recovering Christchurch's central city: The first four years 2011-2015

Operating within the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Christch...

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Reflections on recovery: Episode 2

In this interview excerpt, CCDU Principal Advisor Andrew Bowman talks about...

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Reflections on recovery: Episode 3

In this interview excerpt, Development Director John O’Hagan describes wi...

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The Significant Buildings Unit

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

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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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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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Demolitions and Operations: An overview of the CERA Operations team

Formed in late March 2011, the Operations team managed the structural demolition work in the central business district red zone, residential red zone and Port Hills red zone. Identifying unstable buil...

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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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Guidelines for a cordon

Implementing a cordon after a natural disaster is a challenging and critical task which requires careful planning and coordination. The attached guidelines were compiled by the team who managed the CE...

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Recovering Christchurch's central city: The first four years 2011-2015

Operating within the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) was responsible for the recovery of Christchurch’s central city. This narrative chroni...

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Reflections on recovery: Episode 2

In this interview excerpt, CCDU Principal Advisor Andrew Bowman talks about the consortium which came together to deliver the blueprint for Christchurch’s central city in 100 days.

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Reflections on recovery: Episode 3

In this interview excerpt, Development Director John O’Hagan describes witnessing the damage caused by the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

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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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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