Knowing your geo-hazards could mean your property isn’t fated to restricted development consents due to unfavorable zoning says Adam Broadbent, Senior Engineering Geologist for Coffey Christchurch. 

Many home owners missed their opportunity to submit an appeal against the Christchurch City Council (CCC) District Plan and challenge their property’s zoning.

It’s so important to understand your property’s geo-hazards resulting from the Canterbury earthquake sequence, and how they are classified in the CCC District Plan “Instability Management Area”. CERA risk profiles have been used to apply ‘potential hazard’ zoning over all properties in the Port Hills area. But had a ‘site specific’ investigation been undertaken, many properties might not have been zoned this way.

Many of the hazards in your local area can be addressed in a realistic and cost effective way. Engaging with an experienced geotechnical team will help you identify the geo-hazards of your property, provide you with a quantifiable level of risk, and most importantly help you meet legislative requirements for consent approval.

Now is the time to think about your property’s future

Under the Resource Management Act, the CCC has revised their District Plan – which upon approval will be in place for the next 10 years. The revision identifies rockfall management and cliff collapse hazard zones in an effort to reduce residential exposure to natural hazards. As a result, many living in the Port Hill suburbs now find their properties located in instability management areas.

Placing owners at a clear disadvantage, the likely impact imposed is consent restrictions, reduced property value and saleability due to unfavourable hazard zoning.

Where to from here?

Justifiably, following the Canterbury earthquake sequence there’s a heightened awareness of potential hazards including boulder roll, cliff collapse and mass land movement – so it’s important to understand your own level of risk.

If your property is on a cliff, rockfall or mass movement hazard zone 1 or 2, then certain development activities will be prohibited, or rely on a Chartered Geotechnical Engineers site assessment to progress.

However, sound geotechnical advice will help you to demonstrate that the hazards have been correctly identified and mitigated.

A geo-hazard assessment will classify your property as high or low risk. Read more…

Thanks to all who joined us for the  4th Annual Coffey Lawn Bowls Competition on Friday 13th March 2015—good job we’re not superstitious!

It was a great way to spend a Friday evening, with clients and colleagues contesting the Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions in true knock-out form.

The sun shone again… though it was touch and go for a short while as we watched the thunder and lightning drift across the horizon. The drinks were cold, the food was good and the standard of bowling was—well let’s just say, varied.

We had 22 team entries this year which is a record turnout—a great effort was made by everyone, particularly those who dusted off and donned their fancy dress costumes.

Between rounds we broke for refreshments and the corner–to–corner competition to win a bottle of Grants whisky—and didn’t that bring out our competitive natures!

Results were as follows:

  • Cup winner: City Care Ltd
  • Plate winner: HEB Construction
  • Bowl winner: Ministry of Education Team #2
  • Wooden spoon: Southbase / Thiess
  • Best dressed teams: Southbase SWAT team, Christchurch City Council Pirate Bad Boys, CERA’s Hawaiian Mafia
  • Best dressed individual: Gordon McGregor, the US Convict

Thanks also to our friends and hosts at Burnside Bowling Club, and also for not laughing at our bowling expertise too openly.

We’re already looking forward to next year…

River restoration work as part of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct project is nearing completion – ahead of programme.

Project managed by Coffey, contractor City Care has removed more than 5,000 tonnes of liquefaction sediment between the bridges of Colombo and Barbadoes streets, with gravel cleaning and preparation of areas to accommodate planting.

Aquatic scientists have already observed the return of native species to the river as a result of the revitalisation work.

Shelley McMurtrie, of EOS Ecology, says:

The focus of the in-river works was to improve the health of the river. The shape and nature of volcanic rock lent itself particularly well to the ecological-design criteria, providing undercuts and cavities for longfin eels – a habitat that was previously limited along the river.

The ecological benefit of the volcanic rocks is already evident, with large eels found in residence in the newly created eel cavities.

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There are still a few places left for teams or individuals to join our lawn bowls tournament on 13th March at the Burnside Lawn Bowls Club. Don’t miss out on the chance to join the coveted ranks of Coffey lawn bowls champions.

Please RSVP to Tess Martin as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. If you don’t have a team of four we can organise one for you.

Tess Martin
t: 03 336 5402

2012 winners: Structex

2013 winners: Christchurch International Airport Ltd

2014 winners: Pedersen Read

It’s that time again and here in the Christchurch office we are busy preparing for our annual afternoon of bowling and socialising at the Burnside Lawn Bowls Club.

Like previous years, we will play a knock–out tournament with teams of four and prizes for winners, losers, and the best–dressed.

Please RSVP to Tess Martin as soon as possible with your team details to secure your spot in this year’s tournament. If you don’t have a team of four we can organise one for you.

Tess Martin
t: 03 336 5402

Please confirm the names of your team members when you RSVP.

Click here to download pdf invite.

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The longer I work as a Project Manager in the construction industry, the more I realise that it’s all about people.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

People design buildings, people build them, people pay the bills and people use them.

Construction is a very relational business, where reputations count and everyone knows everyone. Construction is also a extremely rewarding industry, as the product at the end of a very long and complex process remains in place as a legacy to the people that created it for years to come. We should all be proud of our successes, the buildings we create, but also the relationships that we forge along the way (often under trying circumstances).

This photo is of just some of the great characters involved in the Bus Interchange Project, with whom I enjoy working.

-Brendan Hills

Construction has begun this week on The Terraces, a key attraction of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct being project managed by Coffey.

As part of the first phase of The Terraces, Fletcher Construction has been awarded the contract for construction of a new section of promenade pavement and a terrace structure on the eastern side of the Avon River between Cashel and Hereford Streets.The Terraces

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) Director Warwick Isaacs says once completed, The Terraces will extend from Cashel to Gloucester streets and feature extensive landscaping, linking the river with public spaces, shops, restaurants and offices.

“The Terraces is an exciting new waterfront space where people can make the most of the river features,” he says.
Preparation works in Oxford Terrace have been underway since August by the CCDU, the Christchurch City Council and Downer, with the tram tracks having already been re-positioned.

Pedestrian access to the Re:START Mall in Cashel Street will be maintained throughout the project works which is expected to be completed by June 2015. The aim is to open the eastern side of the promenade adjacent to the new retail development to the public in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup in February 2015.




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