Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor Buildings Hearing
The Commission will conduct a public hearing in the week of 5 December 2011 in which we will consider all issues relevant to the failure of the Forsyth Barr and Hotel grand Chancellor buildings in the earthquake of 22 February 2011. The Commission will deal first with the Forsyth Barr building and second with the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
The Commission will consider:
- Whether the buildings as originally designed and constructed complied with earthquake-risk and other legal and best practice requirements both when they were designed and constructed and on or before 4 September 2010.
- Whether any alerations to, and maintenance of, the buildings 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 buildngs failed on 22 February 2011.
- Whether there were any particular features of the buildings that contributed to their failure.
- The nature of the land associated with the buildings and how it was affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.
- Whether the buildings had been identified as earthquake-prone on or before 4 September 2010.
- Whether the buildings were subject to required or voluntary measures to make them less susceptible to earthquake risk and the compliance standards they had achieved.
- The performance of the buildings 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 buildings or other actions taken in respect of them following the 4 September earthquake down to 22 February 2011.
- The results of the investigation carried out by the Department of Building and Housing into the buildings
- Any other issues relevant to the building under the Commission's Terms of Reference
The Commission now requests that any evidence or submissions on these issues be provided in electronic form by 14 November 2011.
Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports