Christchurch CBD Demolitions


Working with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, RCP were part of the team that managed the safe removal of commercial buildings in Christchurch, across over 1600 contracts, following the 2010 / 2011 earthquake events.

RCP worked with key stakeholders, engineering resources and demolition contractors to establish a bespoke process to meet the critical success factors for the project as agreed with Central Government, while addressing the significant number of high risks present at the inception stage.

As part of our role, we established a unique assessment process with the engineers for all buildings, programmes of work and contractor resource implementing a grading system to match the right capability with the right project, health and safety and environmental management as well as quality assurance processes and a streamlined procurement process that were pre-agreed with the Auditor General’s Office.

The systems and processes established through this work programme in the Christchurch context saw RCP staff travel to Nepal to contribute to the safe demolition training of local police, army and engineers and assist in the recovery process following the April 2015 earthquake in that region.