CTV building should never have got permit

Their will be no comfort for the families and friends of those who died in the CTV building collapse as a result of the February 22nd earthquake in the report from the Royal Commission.

Prime Minister John Key said:

 . . . “There were 185 people who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011. Of those, 175 deaths were due to failures of buildings or parts of buildings,” Mr Key says.

“We owed it to them, their loved ones left behind, and those people badly injured in the earthquake, to find answers as to why some buildings failed so severely.” . . .

The report concludes:

. . .  the engineering design of the CTV building was deficient in a number of respects. It also concludes the building should never have been issued with a building permit by the Christchurch City Council, because its design did not comply with the standards of the time, and there were inadequacies in the construction of the building,” Mr Key says.

“The Royal Commission report also states the CTV building was given a green sticker after the September earthquake but it was only inspected by three building officials, none of whom was an engineer, and this should not have occurred. 

“We recognise this news will be of little comfort to the friends and families of the 115 people who lost their lives in the CTV building on that fateful day.

“Nothing will ever bring their loved ones back and we cannot dull their pain. My thoughts are with them as they continue to try to come to terms with their loss.” . . .

There is no only about any number of deaths, but given how many people were in the centre of Christchurch on the day of the earthquake the death toll was not high. That was due in no small part to building standards.

But most of those who died were in the CTV building where something went badly wrong in the application of those standards.

The report details what went wrong but, at least from an admittedly quick read, it doesn’t explain how it was able to happen.

Understanding that will be an important step in ensuring such a thing doesn’t happen again.




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