The Skyline building at Bob's Peak. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
A disgraced Southland engineer worked on one of
Queenstown's most visible attractions - Skyline's restaurant
and gondola building at Bob's Peak.
Today's Mountain Scene reveals Tony Major, who was last week
expelled from the national professional body, the Institution
of Professional Engineers New Zealand (Ipenz), over the 2010
Southland Stadium roof collapse, carried out structural
engineering work in a $6 million refurbishment in 1994.
However, Skyline Enterprises chairman Mark Quickfall said the
building was safe.
A full structural assessment was carried out in 2000 and, the
following year, recommended rock bolting and lateral
strengthening work was completed.
''We're confident the building is up to code,'' Mr Quickfall
''We've got no concerns.
''We've obviously taken these things very seriously.
''We're not just the owner of that building; we've got
buildings in town.''
Last week, Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive
Adam Feeley revealed a search of its records showed Mr Major
possibly had a hand in the engineering of two private
buildings in the district.
He refused to name them.
Ipenz warned Mr Major's work might need rechecking after the
stadium fiasco and last Friday the council closed Wanaka's
pool, another project of Mr Major's, because it did not meet
-by David Williams