Yesterday marked a significant milestone for
Christchurch, as work began on the framework of the city's
The installation of the first cardboard cladding tubes, each
weighing 120kg, began yesterday morning and will shape the
$5.3 million A-frame building.
A total of 320 tubes will be used.
Naylor Love project manager Stephen Lynch told Newstalk ZB it
was hoped this stage of construction would take only about a
month to complete.
''Any high winds at all, any kind of winds at all [and] we'd
have to stop lifting ... It's programmed [for] four weeks to
get all the cardboard tubes into place, but it's very weather
dependent,'' he said.
Designed by leading Japanese ''emergency architect'' Shigeru
Ban, the 700-seat transitional cathedral is being constructed
in Latimer Square.
It will stand in for the ''deconstructed'' Christchurch
Cathedral in Cathedral Square and is expected to be finished
in April. While described as ''temporary'', the cathedral is
being built as a permanent structure, with an expected
lifespan of more than 50 years.
Over the next two weeks, scientists will be surveying several
hundred Cantabrians about their experiences in the February
Teams of scientists will scour the quake-shattered eastern
suburbs of Christchurch to gather vital information to
improve earthquake hazard and risk assessments in New
Scientists from the University of Canterbury, city council
and GNS Science will carry out visual inspections of the
outside of selected residential properties to generate
estimates of shaking intensity from the deadly quake.
Where owners or occupiers are willing, they will also
complete a two-page questionnaire about the earthquake and
its shaking characteristics.
Project leader Mark Stirling, of GNS Science, said the
information would help in the development of mathematical
equations that would convert felt shaking intensity into a
ground acceleration figure, to be used by scientists and
engineers for a range of hazard-related purposes.
''The information from this earthquake will contribute more
to this study than any other New Zealand earthquake,'' Dr
Intensity is the human-felt scale of earthquake shaking, and
a frequently used measure is the 12-level Modified Mercalli
The equations developed from this project will be able to be
used anywhere in New Zealand to make earthquake hazard maps,
which can be used in land-use planning and engineering and
The project is being funded by the Earthquake Commission.