Department of Building and Housing technical investigation
On 16 March 2011 the Minister for Building and Construction the Hon. Maurice Williamson announced the Department of Building and Housing would undertake a technical investigation into the performance of key buildings in Christchurch.
The investigation includes the Canterbury Television (CTV) and Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) buildings, the Forsyth Barr building and the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Leading New Zealand engineering companies Beca Consultants, Dunning Thornton Consultants, StructureSmith, Hyland Fatigue and Earthquake Engineering are assisting the departmental investigation.
The Department has also appointed a panel of experts, chaired by construction law expert Sherwyn Williams to provide guidance on the methodology of the investigations and peer review the findings.
The Commission is independent from government. We will consider the outcome of the department’s investigation as part of our inquiry and will publish its report on our website.