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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
 

Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) Building Hearing

In the week beginning 28 November 2011 the Commission held a public hearing to consider all issues relevant to the failure of the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building at 233 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, in the earthquake of 22 February 2011, and the substantial loss of life and injury that resulted.

The Commission considered:

  • whether the building 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 and why the failure caused extensive injury and death;
  • whether there were any particular features of the building that contributed to the 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;
  • the results of the investigation carried out by the Department of Building and Housing into the collapse of the building; and
  • any other issues relevant to the building under the Commission's Terms of Reference.

Timetable

 DateTimePresenterRole/Organisation

28 November

10am Acknowledgement of bereaved families and survivors by Justice Mark Cooper Commission Chairperson

 

10.15am  Opening Statement by Stephen Mills QC Counsel Assisting the Commission
  11am  Robert Wynn Witness to the collapse of the PGC building
  11.30am BREAK  
  11.45am Helen Guiney Perpetual (tenant)
  12.30pm  Julia Stannius MARAC (tenant)
  1pm LUNCH  
  2.15pm Glenys Ryan Education Review Office (tenant)
  3pm  David Sandeman Marsh Insurance (tenant)
  3.30pm BREAK  
  3.45pm  Stephen Collins Director, Cambridge 233 (building owner)
  4.15pm  Steve McCarthy Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
   

ADJOURNMENT

 
29 November 9.30am

Steve McCarthy (continued)

 
  10.50am 

Colin Hair 

 

Company Secretary, Pyne Gould Corporation (former owner and tenant)
  11.30am 

BREAK 

 
  12.10am

James West

Operations and Financial Controller, Pyne Gould Corporation
  1pm

LUNCH

 
  2.30pm 

Helen Golding 

tenant 
   

PGC Building Property Managers

 
  3pm

Howard Buchanan 

Commercial Manager, NAI Harcourts 
  3.30pm

BREAK 

 
  4pm 

Howard Buchanan (continued)

 
  4.55pm

Louise Sutherland 

Commercial Property Manager, NAI Harcourts
   

ADJOURNMENT

 
30 November  10am 

Ann-Cherie Manawatu-Pearcy

Senior Property Manager, NAI Harcourts 
   

Holmes Consulting Group  - Post-earthquake building inspections  

 
  10.25am  Mark Whiteside  Structural Engineer, Holmes Consulting Group
  11.30am 

BREAK 

 
   

Mark Whiteside (continued) 

 
  12.20pm 

Alistair Boys 

Structural Engineer, Holmes Consulting Group
   

LUNCH 

 
  2.15pm

Alistair Boys (continued) 

 
  2.40pm 

ADJOURNMENT 

 
5 December 10am

 John Hare

Director, Holmes Consulting Group
  11.35am

BREAK 

 
   

John Hare (continued) 

 
  noon  

Authors of the Department of Building and Housing's technical investigation report into the PGC building

 
   

Rob Jury 

Structural Engineer, Beca 
   

Dr Richard Sharpe 

Structural Engineer, Beca 
  1pm

LUNCH 

 
  2.15pm

Beca presenters (continued)

 
  3.40pm

BREAK

 
   

Professor Nigel Priestley

Priestley Structural Engineering
  4.55pm

ADJOURNMENT 

 
6 December 9.30am

Professor Nigel Priestley (continued)

 
  9.50am

William Holmes 

Rutherford & Chekene, consulting engineers (Peer reviewed for the Commission the Department of Building and Housing's technical investigation reports) 
  11am

BREAK  

 
  11.05am 

Expert panel discussion: Rob Jury, Dr Richard Sharpe, Professor Nigel Priestley, William Holmes 

 
  12.20pm 

END OF HEARING

 

Counsel Appearing

  • Counsel assisting the Commission;
  • Michael Parker and Maree Cowan  of Michael E Parker for NAI Harcourts; 
  • John Hannan and Marie Evans of DLA Phillips Fox for Holmes Consulting Group; 
  • Mike Heron and Simon Cogan of Russell McVeagh for Pyne Gould Corporation; 
  • Martin Smith of Gilbert Walker for Stephen Collins/Cambridge 233;  
  • Duncan Laing Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council;    
  • Nadine Daines, inhouse counsel for Christchurch City Council; and 
  • Una Jagose of Crown Law for the Department of Building and Housing.

 

Submissions

Read received submissions

Related Reports

Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports

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