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Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Information

Main entrance to the University at night

The following information is for staff and students at the Christchurch Campus.

Updates will be posted on this page.

FAQs for quake-affected students

10.15am, Friday 8 February 2013

A Building Status Report dated 7 February 2013 has been added to the web site. This is the final regular report.

Further reports will only be added if major changes occur to the current status of our buildings.

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

2.25pm, Thursday 24 January 2013.

An updated Building Status Report dated 24 January 2013 is now on the web site

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

10.30am, Tuesday 22 January 2013

A Building Status Report dated 17 January 2013 is now on the web site

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

8.50am, Monday 17 December 2012

The latest Building Status Report, dated 13 December 2012, is now on the web site. This is the last report for 2012 unless any major changes or issues occur between now and year end.

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

9.05am, Friday 7 December 2012

A Building Status Report as at 6 December 2012 is now on the web site

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

10.50am, Thursday 29 November 2012

The Building Status Report has been updated as at 29 November 2012.

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

3.35pm, Friday 23 November 2012

Important Notice for Staff

Restricted Access Policy for Levels 2 and 4

The University of Otago, Christchurch, Main Building has been undergoing significant earthquake repairs.  This repair work is now close to finishing.  It is intended that there will be a progressive re-occupation for staff coming back into the building.

Currently part of level 1 and a small area of the ground level have legal access via a Certificate for Public Use (CPU).  It is intended that this CPU will be extended to first include level 2 (26 November) and then level 4 (17 December).  The rest of the building will follow early in the New Year.

The information below supersedes the current Restricted Access Policy that was released last year.

It is important to note that areas outside of levels 1, 2 & 4 and the authorised access routes are construction areas and staff must not enter these areas without approval.

Policy

Access to the building will be via the front glass doors only.  There will be no entry or exit from the red ground floor door to hospital (exit only in an emergency).  Except in the case of emergency, there will be no access via the West stairway, West lifts or the loading bay entrance, as Higg’s contractors will be using the West lifts and stairs and the CDHB contractors are occupying the loading bay area.  The area is therefore a hazard zone.

There is no longer access to or from the hospital on L2 as the link room has been sealed by CDHB due to the conversion of surgery into wards.

Be clear that both East and West stairways CAN be used as emergency egress at all times.

Triton Security will continue to monitor the front door as the doors are likely to be open for extended periods as items are moved back in. The eastern access to the Hospital (which passes across the front of the main entry) will be closed, as and when required, for moving furniture.

All security access cards will be cleared of all access rights and reloaded as access is identified.

Access will initially be provided for level 2 staff from 26 November, then level 4 staff from 17 December.  Access will be 24 hour access to the designated floors only.  Adjustments will be made for people that are not based on these floors but require access e.g. to the -80 freezers currently on level 1 that will be relocated to level 2.  There will be no access to any floors other than L1, L2 and L4 via the lifts or stairwells.

Staff with authorised access will be able to swipe their cards at the front glass doors to enter the building with no pin number required on a week day between 8.30am - 17:00. During the day staff must sign in and out on the form provided at the reception counter on the ground floor. After hours, staff must notify hospital security before entering and after leaving the building (phone 364 0454 or tell them in person at their office which is located to the left when entering the A&E entrance).  If you enter the building during business hours but stay until after business hours (17:00) you must sign out.  If you don’t sign out and there is an emergency, people will have to go looking for you.

Visitors (with no card) must be accompanied and signed in.  If you are expecting visitors to arrive at the front door, please tell Triton Security (at the front door) and your visitor can be let in and to wait for collection.

Any additional staffing / student access requirements are to be sent to Anne Vernall copied to Anthony Mitchell.

12.35pm, Friday 23 November 2012

The latest Building Status Report, dated 22 November 2012, is now available on the web site.

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

12.15pm, Friday 16 November 2012

A Building Status Report dated 15 November 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

4.40pm, Friday 2 November 2012

A Building Status Report dated 1 November 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

9.40am, Monday 29 October 2012

An updated Building Status Report dated 25 October 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

9.40am, Monday 15 October 2012

An updated Building Status Report dated 11 October 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

2.35pm, Friday 5 October 2012

An updated Building Status Report dated 4 October 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer 

10.00am, Friday 28 September 2012

A Building Status Report dated 27 September 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

8.45am, Friday 21 September 2012

The web site has been updated with the latest Building Status Report dated 20 September 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.45pm, Monday 17 September 2012

A Building Status Report dated 13 September 2012 has been loaded on to the web site. 

John Patrick, Chief Operating Officer

5.55pm, Friday 7 September 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 6 September 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

10.20am, Friday 31 August 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 30 August 2012.

John Patrick

Chief Operating Officer

4.01pm, Monday 27 August 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 23 August 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

11.40am, Friday 17 August 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 16 August 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

3.55pm, Friday 10 August 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 9 August 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

1.40pm, Monday 6 August 2012

A Building Status Report dated 2 August 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

9.45 am, Friday 20 July 2012

The web site has been updated with a Building Status Report dated 19 July 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

 11.52 am, Monday 9 July 2012

A Building Status Report dated 5 July 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.05pm, Friday 29 June 2012

A Building Status Report dated 28 June 2012 is now available on the web site

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

2.20pm, Monday 18 June 2012

The Building Status Report for 14 June 2012 is now avalable on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

12.02pm, Friday 8 June 2012

An updated Building Status Report as at 7 June 2012 is now available on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.10pm, Friday 1 June 2012

An updated Building Status Report as at 31 May 2012 is now available on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

12.50pm, Sunday 27 May 2012

Property Services (Murray Clarke) and the contactors (Higgs and Canterbury Maintenance) have completed a detailed inspection of all owned and leased buildings and have not identified any new damage from the earthquake on Friday 25 May. Although there is no new damage, the owners of 4 and 72 Oxford Terrace have been asked to arrange an engineer to inspect these properties as a precautionary measure.

Based on the Property Services' inspections the campus will reopen for business from Monday 28 May 2012.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

3.08pm, Friday 25 May 2012

Christchurch experienced a 5.2 magnitude shock at 2.44pm today.

The Dean has closed the campus until Monday morning to allow buildings to be inspected for damage.

A further notice will be posted on this web site on Sunday evening (27 May).

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

2.00pm, Friday 18 May 2012

Update for: Avon House, 10 Oxford Terrace

On Friday the 11th of May 2012, 10 Oxford Terrace was closed by CERA while the owner, engineer and insurers access the options to repair this building. We have received no further information about this so the building remains closed until further notice, although some controlled access to retrieve belongings, papers etc. may be allowed.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

1.35pm, Friday 18 May 2012

An updated Building Status Report as at 17 May 2012 is now available on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

12.40pm, Friday 11 May 2012

Avon House at 10 Oxford Terrace

Property Services have just received a message from the Property Manager of 10 Oxford Terrace to the effect that they now have documentation saying the building should not be occupied. They also have CERA confirmation that this is the case.

Property Services are expecting to see formal notification soon.

In the meantime, Property Services believe the arrangements outlined in the notice posted on this web site at 3.15pm yesterday (10 May) can remain in place while the owner and their insurers decide what to do.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

12.15pm, Friday 11 May 2012

An updated Building Status Report as at 10 May 2012 is now available on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

3.15pm, Thursday 10 May 2012

Important Notice for all UOC Staff and Students

Avon House at 10 Oxford Terrace

Over the past week the University has received conflicting information about 10 Oxford Terrace. More information is provided below.

This morning the Christchurch Business Recovery Group of the University made the following decision:

From 6pm today 10 Oxford Terrace should NOT be used for working, teaching, research or meetings. 10 Oxford Terrace can still be accessed by staff for retrieval of files and equipment and can be used for storage. This decision will be reviewed whenever there is new information from the building owner and/or engineers, but at a minimum of each week.

CERA have seen all the engineer’s reports and consider that the building is safe to occupy. However, the engineer’s report contains conflicting information, with comments about the building both being at 50% of the New Building Standard AND having a potential critical structural weakness. CERA have seen these reports, but still consider the building safe. However, in its earthquake response the University has consistently prioritised staff and student safety, and so the conflicting information to hand and the ‘potential critical structural weakness’ have influenced the University to make the above decision.

In the interim the administration staff of Public Health and General Practice will be located in 4 and 72 Oxford Terrace, while the administration staff of Pathology will be located at the warehouse at 30 Stewart Street. Email contacts will follow staff.

Further messages can be expected about the relocation of teaching venues.

John Patrick
Convenor, Christchurch Business Recovery Group

11.40am, Friday 4 May 2012

The Building Status Report as at 3 May 2012 is now on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.16pm, Thursday 26 April 2012

The Building Status Report on the web site has been updated.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

3.50pm, Friday 20 April 2012

An updated Building Status Report as at 19 April 2012 is now on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

11.50am, Friday 30 March 2012

The Building Status Report as at 29 March 2012 is now on the web site.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.25pm, Monday 20 February 2012

The University’s engineer has received the information required to answer his questions.

Therefore 4 Oxford Terrace has been cleared to open tomorrow (Tuesday 21 February).

The owner of the building will be onsite at times throughout the day to answer any questions that occupants may have.

Property Services wants to express thanks to the occupants for their patience.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

9.35pm, Friday 17 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Holmes Consulting have still not received satisfactory answers to their questions from the owner’s engineers. Therefore they are not prepared to state that this building is safe to occupy.

We have been advised that the outstanding queries should be finalised on Monday.

A notice will be posted on this web site when we receive advice from Holmes Consulting.

Regrettably, the building will be closed on Monday.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.40pm, Thursday 16 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Despite the fact that the owner has removed the fences around the building the University engineers, Holmes Consulting are still waiting for the final peer review to be completed.

Until this is received we recommend that University staff do not occupy this building.

A clearance for reoccupation will be provided on this website as soon as advice is received from Holmes Consulting.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.15pm, Wednesday 15 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Property Services’ staff have been in Christchurch today. Regrettably they have been unable to get a final engineer’s report on this building.

Engineers are rightly cautious when asked to assess the earthquake safety of a building, and give an opinion in writing. When it comes to matters of public safety, they will not be rushed.

A further notice will be posted on this web site when we receive the report and assurances that we are seeking.

In the meantime, the building remains closed.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.50pm, Tuesday 14 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

The University’s engineering consultant, Holmes Consulting, has received the report from the landlord’s engineers and has gone back with a number of questions, some of which will require more time to answer. We are advised that we should have an answer in the next 24 hours.

In the meantime the building remains closed.

A further notice will be posted on this web site when we receive the relevant information.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.00pm, Friday 10 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

This afternoon Property Services have been trying to get an update on the engineers’ assessment of this building. Unfortunately they have been unable to get any information.

Consequently the building will remain closed.

A further notice will be posted on this web site when we receive the relevant information.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.55pm, Wednesday 8 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

This afternoon we received this update from the Landlord.

The Landlord’s engineers (the original construction engineer and the Landlord’s current engineer) have been working hard to inspect the connections of the building and also have it re-surveyed. They are currently continuing to work through the calculations to be sure that they are correct. This process has included starting the entire process from the beginning.

All parties need to be sure that the building is structurally capable of coping with a significant seismic event.

The Landlord’s engineers will now meet with the University’s engineers on Friday, 10 February, at 9am to discuss the findings of the investigation.

We know that this process is very frustrating but the work cannot be rushed. Safety is paramount.

The building will remain closed until the end of this week (Friday 10 February). Please check this website again on Friday afternoon for further information.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.20pm, Friday 3 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

The current situation for 4 Oxford terrace is as follows.

  • The landlord’s engineer and the original building engineer believe the building is sound. They believe that the cracks that caused the concern are original construction cracks caused by the building settling.

  • Holmes Consulting agree with this finding.

  • Property Services are now seeking a consensus in writing from the landlord’s engineers and Holmes regarding the capability of the building to withstand a significant earthquake.

  • Property Services expect the landlord’s engineers will have the appropriate documentation to Holmes on Tuesday 7 February so that Holmes can review this and advise Property Services.

  • We hope to have a decision on Wednesday afternoon, 8 February.

  • The building will remain closed in the meantime.

  • Staff should check the website from mid afternoon on Wednesday 8 February for an update.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

10.25am, Thursday 2 February 2012

Staff wishing to get an update on the status of 4 Oxford Terrace should be aware that the University website will be closed for scheduled maintenance tonight (Thursday 2 February) from 8.00pm to 9.00pm.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.45pm, Wednesday 1 February 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

The owner of 4 Oxford Terrace has just advised us that the engineers are still reviewing the final report on the building and have yet to make a recommendation. In light of this, the building will remain closed for the rest of this week.

If staff wish to access the building to remove personal and/or work items they may do so between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday 2nd February.

Please visit this site for an update and confirmation of the reopening date either late on Friday 3rd February or during the weekend.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

8.40pm, Tuesday 31 January 2012

This notice relates only to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Late today, the owner of 4 Oxford Terrace advised us that the engineers had not completed their assessment work and the building will be closed on Wednesday 1st February.

Please visit this site for an update and confirmation of the reopening date late on Wednesday 1st February.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.30pm, Friday 27 January 2012

This notice relates to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Late this afternoon, the owner of 4 Oxford Terrace advised us that the building will be closed on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of January for further engineering assessment.

We have no further information at this time.

Please visit this site for an update and confirmation of the reopening date on Tuesday afternoon 31st January.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

5.20pm, Friday 20 January 2012

This notice relates to 72 Oxford Terrace.

The owner of 72 Oxford Terrace has now obtained and provided us with a Certificate of Public Use from the Christchurch City Council. This means that 72 Oxford Terrace will be open for restricted use from Monday 23rd January.

Dr MaryLeigh Moore, Clinical Skills Director, and Dr Lisa Whitehead, Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, will contact staff next week to advise staff when they can access the building.

There are some conditions and limitations to this access which will be explained to staff prior to entering the building.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.50pm, Thursday 19 January 2012

An updated Building Status Report, dated 19 January 2012, has been placed on the Christchurch Earthquake Information web site under the heading “Building Status Reports”.

Updating of the web pages can take a little time depending on the load on the system. So if the report is not there when you visit, can you please wait a while and check again.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

8.35am, Monday 16 January 2012

Following the aftershocks throughout Sunday, 15 January, the buildings were inspected again at 6.00am this morning (Monday 16 January).

The condition of the buildings is unchanged and they all remain open.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

10.55pm, Sunday 15 January 2012

Following the 5.0 aftershock at 2.47am on Sunday, 15 January, a visual inspection of all the University buildings was undertaken.No evidence of further damage was found and the buildings remain open.

Given the ongoing aftershocks throughout the day a further inspection will be carried out at 6.00am on Monday, 16 January, and any change in status will be communicated to staff via this website.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

10.15am, Friday 13 January 2012

The following update relates to 10 Oxford Terrace.

The landlord’s representative for 10 Oxford Terrace has now received the inspection report from Aurecon. They are pleased to advise that the building has been confirmed as safe to occupy.

The building will be opened at 8.30am tomorrow (Saturday 14th January) with normal card access from then.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

4.15pm, Tuesday 10 January 2012

The following update relates to 10 Oxford Terrace.

Holmes Consulting has now completed two inspections of 10 Oxford Terrace for the Owner. The second inspection included lifting floor coverings to view structural connection points. The report states that no significant structural damage has been sustained further to what had already been reported prior to 23 December 2011. One section of the stairs will require repair; however it is not regarded as a safety concern.

We have been advised by the Owner that he intends to get a second opinion. Aurecon has been commissioned to do this work and it should be completed by the end of this week (13 January). The landlord has advised that the building will remain closed until the second opinion is completed.

We expect that an update on progress will be posted on this web site by Friday (13 January).

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

2.10pm, Tuesday 10 January 2012

The following update relates to 4 Oxford Terrace.

Terrace House at 4 Oxford Terrace was inspected by the Landlord’s engineer on the 28th December 2011, 4th January 2012 and the 9th January 2012. They have again confirmed that it is safe to occupy.

As previously explained by Property Services, the landlord and the landlord’s engineer, Terrace House has been damaged throughout the sequence of earthquakes that have occurred since September 2010. The building will require significant repair to return it to the pre-earthquake condition. These repairs are being assessed by the owner, their insurer and consultants. The work will be programmed at a later date to suit the University so that alternative space can be arranged. The current situation is that there is no rush to complete this work.

Engineers are now understandably very conservative in their approach and in light of the continuing earthquakes they have now recommended that some steel posts are installed at selected locations on the upper floors to supplement the existing load bearing structure. This will increase the resistance of the building during any future large seismic event. This work is likely to start very soon and where possible will be programmed outside of working hours to minimise disruption.

The University’s engineer will be peer reviewing all reports and the work completed in the building.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

11.25am, Monday 9 January 2012

The following update relates to the message posted on this site on 4 January 2012

10 Oxford Terrace – Regrettably this building is still closed. Property Services are trying to get an update from the owner right now and further information will be posted on this site when we have more information.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

3.45pm, Wednesday 4 January 2012

The following updates relate to the message posted on this site yesterday (3 January 2012)

4 Oxford Terrace - Holmes have completed their inspection and they have cleared the building for re-occupation and use.

10 Oxford Terrace - the building owner has confirmed that the building will remain closed for the remainder of the week as the engineers inspect it in more detail. The owner believes there is a 70% chance that the building will re-open by Monday 9 January. The owner’s agent, Louise Sutherland of Harcourts, will coordinate retrieval of any items staff may need urgently. Louise can be contacted at Louise.Sutherland@naiharcourts.co.nz or by phone on 021 220 0599

Barrington Clinic – This building is now open for business.

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

12.15pm, Tuesday 3 January 2012

Following the recent aftershocks, the status of all our buildings remains unchanged with the exception of the following:

4 Oxford Terrace - Murray Clarke has been unable to contact the owner's agent to get this property inspected. Therefore we must assume that it is closed until an inspection is carried out.

10 Oxford Terrace - This building is closed until further notice while the owner's engineer completes a detailed assessment.

Barrington Clinic - Murray Clarke will undertake an inspection today and it should be open for business tomorrow (Wednesday 4 January 2012).

John Patrick
Chief Operating Officer