The earthquake-damaged Copthorne Hotel in Christchurch, which
collapsed at the weekend, has been issued with an urgent
Demolition workers ran for their lives when the 10-storey
central city tower collapsed on Saturday afternoon.
The floors pancaked on top of each other, leaving two outside
walls standing. Nobody was injured.
Today, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera)
issued its owners with a section 38 notice in order to speed
up the removal of the site's remaining structure.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
has halted work on the Colombo St site while it investigates
Saturday's unexpected collapse.
The owners have up to 10 days to submit a plan to remove the
hazard and make the site safe.
MBIE and Cera will work with the site owners and their
contractors to review the demolition methodology, a statement
If it is approved by Cera engineers, MBIE will in turn lift
its prohibition notice, allowing the demolition work to begin
as soon as the owner's contractor is able.