CTV building's design a flaw of bygone era
Thu, 16 Aug 2012 9:00a.m.
By 3 News online staff
After an eight week hearing into the catastrophic collapse of Christchurch's CTV building, the engineer whose firm designed it has now apologised to families of the 115 people who died.
Despite telling the Royal Commission of Inquiry he had little to do with the building's design, Alan Reay has admitted he was ultimately responsible for it.
Canterbury University associate professor of civil engineering Rajesh Dhakal told Firstline this morning the CTV building’s design meant it did not have enough integrity to withstand the quake.
“If we look at the design practice that prevailed back in those days, in the 80s, and if we look at the design code that we follow right now, there have been one or two major changes,” he says.
The Royal Commission of inquiry will come to a close today.
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