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Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission – Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha

Those who lost relatives and friends in the 22 February earthquake can be assured that there will be a very thorough inquiry into the failure of buildings that resulted in loss of life.
Chair, Justice Mark Cooper
 

Hotel Grand Chancellor Building Hearing

The Commission will conduct a public hearing from 17-18 January 2012 in which we will consider all issues relevant to the failure of the Hotel Grand Chancellor building in the earthquake of 22 February 2011.

The Commission will consider:

  • Whether the building as originally designed and constructed complied with earthquake-risk and other legal and best-practice requirements both when it was designed and constructed and on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Whether any alterations to, and maintenance of, the building complied with earthquake-risk and other legal and best-practice requirements both when they were carried out and on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Why the building failed on 22 February 2011.
  • Whether there were any particular features of the building that contributed to its failure.
  • The nature of the land associated with the building and how it was affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Whether the building had been identified as earthquake-prone on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Whether the building was subject to required or voluntary measures to make it less susceptible to earthquake-risk and the compliance standards they had achieved.
  • The performance of the building and any damage sustained in the earthquake of 4 September 2010 and the aftershocks down to 22 February 2011.
  • The nature and effectiveness of any inspections of the building or other actions taken in respect of it following the 4 September earthquake down to 22 February 2011.
  • The results of the technical investigation carried out by the Department of Building and Housing into the building.
  • Any other issues relevant to the building under the Commission's Terms of Reference.

Status

This hearing was completed on 15 March 2012.

Timetable

Please note this timetable is subject to change and that evidence received in other forms (other than witnesses at hearings) is still considered by the Commissioners.  

 DateTimePresenterRole/Organisation

17 January 2012

9.30am Opening Statement by Mark Zarifeh Counsel Assisting the Commission

 

9.45am  Adam Thornton Structural Engineer, Dunning Thornton Consultants (author of the report on the Hotel Grand Chancellor prepared for the DBH)
  3.45pm  Professor Stefano Pampanin Associate Professor at the College of Engineering, University of Canterbury (member of the expert panel appointed by the DBH)
  5pm   ADJOURNMENT
18 January    9.30am  William Holmes Structural Engineer, Rutherford & Chekene, San Francisco (engaged by the Commission to peer review the DBH reports) 
  10am  Thornton, Pampanin and Holmes - expert panel discussion   
  10.40am BREAK  
  11.30am  Gary Haverland Structural Engineer, Structex  
  12.05pm  Thornton, Pampanin and Holmes - expert panel discussion   
  12.50pm LUNCH  
  1.30pm John Hare Structural Engineer, Holmes Consulting Group
  1.50pm Steve McCarthy Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
  2.35pm BREAK  
  2.55pm  Steve Martin General Manager, Hotel Grand Chancellor (by video link)
  3.15pm 

ADJOURNED until the final witness

 
15 March 12.35pm

Andrew Lind

Structural engineer, Powell Fenwick
  1.05pm

HEARING COMPLETE 

 

Counsel Appearing

  • Mark Zarifeh, Counsel Assisting the Commission
  • Helen Smith and Katie Benson of Duncan Cotterill for Structex
  • John Hannan of DLA Phillips Fox for Holmes Consulting Group
  • Duncan Laing Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council    
  • Nadine Daines, inhouse counsel for Christchurch City Council 

 

Submissions

No submissions were received about the Hotel Grand Chancellor building

Related Reports

Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports

Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports: peer review by William Holmes