A further criminal investigation into the collapse of
Christchurch's CTV building during the February 2011
earthquake will be undertaken, police say.
Detective Superintendent Peter Read said police had told the
families of those who died in the building collapse of the
One hundred and fifteen people died when the six-storey
building collapsed in the quake.
The inquiry decision followed assessment and evaluation of a
huge amount of information from a range of sources over the
last 18 months, Mr Read said.
"Based on this information, we now believe there is
sufficient evidence to warrant further criminal investigation
into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011."
Police had engaged the services of engineering consultants
Beca to provide an expert opinion regarding the cause of the
CTV building collapse.
Beca was also asked to provide expert opinion on whether
there were any serious departures from accepted standards by
those involved in the building's design or construction that
could amount to gross negligence, Mr Read said.
"While police are still awaiting some aspects of Beca's
assessment, the bulk of this work has now been completed.
"Based on the work completed to date, police have reached the
view that there is sufficient information to warrant further
criminal investigation," he said.
"That said, there is still a significant amount of work to be
done before any investigation can be completed, the potential
outcome of which is unknown."
A group of investigators had been put together to gather more
information and where necessary re-interview some of those
who had previously given evidence at the Canterbury Earth
Quake Royal Commission, as well as any others who could
assist with the investigation, Mr Read said.
"The additional material gathered during this phase of the
investigation will assist police in determining whether there
is anyone who may be criminally culpable for the CTV building
"While it is still too early at this stage to put any
timeframe around when that decision will be made, we will
continue to keep all parties informed as we work through the
A police spokesman would not be drawn on whether police would
be pursuing charges against any individuals involved in the
building's design or construction.
"We've got sufficient evidence there to advance a criminal
investigation. There's still a lot of work to do before any
decision is made about charges.
"We're not going to go into any individuals at the