Demolitions and Operations

The Canterbury earthquakes left buildings in greater Christchurch severely damaged. An early priority was to cordon off, stabilise and demolish unsafe buildings. 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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Guidelines for a cordon

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

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Offsite health and safety

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

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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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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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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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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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