EQ Resilience CHCH

Find out about EQ-resilient buildings in the CHCH CBD

EQ Resilience CHCH

Christchurch, Canterbury 8013, New Zealand

Created By: University of Canterbury

Tour Information

This self-guided walking tour will showcase some of the amazing new earthquake-resilient technologies which have been used in the Christchurch central business district. Learn more about cutting-edge research development while also exploring some of the most beautiful spots in Central Christchurch.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Boys High Building in the Christchurch Arts Centre currently houses the Christchurch Visitor Information and provides a great place to start our tour. Now that you have downloaded the PocketSights app, you can make your way upstairs int... Read more
This building uses one of the most distinctive base isolations in all of Christchurch. If you enter the Gallery through the main entrance, and then take the elevator down to the underground carpark, you will be able to see lots of colourful... Read more
If you wander into the lobby of the Lane Neave building on Cambridge Terrace, you will be able to spot the seemingly boring white steel frames. But not all steel frames are created equal, and this is a special type called a "rocking steel f... Read more
If you approach the new BNZ centre from the Hereford Street side, you should be able to see some diagonal white pieces of steel on the first floor. This is a relatively "traditional" earthquake technology which has been used for over 30 yea... Read more
This building uses a new earthquake technology which has become all the rage in Christchurch since the earthquakes: buckling-restrained braces (BRBs in short). These are specially designed for earthquakes and have the advantage that they do... Read more
The new Wynn Williams House on Hereford Street uses a whole host of different earthquake technologies. Although some of these are not visible from the outside (like the base isolation, rocking connections and LVL beams), you can spot the me... Read more
If you approach the building from the Hereford Street side, you should be able to see some steel ropes which run through the facade. These are used to anchor and hold together the building. In fact, these were installed before the 2010/11 C... Read more


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