By Jessica Rowe with NZN
A building on Christchurch's Riccarton Road has been cordoned off today following concerns about its structural integrity.
The closure of the building at 111 Riccarton Road will affect five businesses and a number of staff.
Concerns about the building's safety were first raised by an engineer.
Following checks by CERA engineers yesterday, CERA was advised the building needed to be closed.
CERA general manager operations Warwick Issacs says more work needs to be done to confirm the state of the building, before a decision is made about its future.
"My main concern is keeping the public safe from potential or ongoing seismic activity. Leaving safety to chance is just not worth the risk," says Mr Issacs.
Fencing around the building will affect parking on Riccarton Rd and Rotheram St and traffic on Rotheram St will be restricted to one way.