Monday, 13 February 2012

Peterborough Village Workshop, Christchurch

A very big thankyou to Di Lucas, Mark and Rea Mcintyre and the rest of the Peterborough team for inviting me down to Christchurch to help contribute to the Peterborough Village Workshop inviting geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and architects to come up with innovative solutions to the tough challenges of soft ground re-building after the earthquakes, what a wonderful spirit of hope and resilience in the face of adversity - I take my hat off to you!
I presented click-raft as a super light, super strong, and super cheap and adaptable system which can respond to this challenge.... super fast. .... was that enough super's ;)
Both the expert workshop and the public meeting in the evening were packed with enthusiastic people with a can do attitude, this is just the kick that government and council need to start making things happen, since the challenges here are huge, and the issues of ownership and in particular insurance are really tough to deal with. Once demolition is completed there will be almost no buildings left - it will be like a desert, and this is largely to do with short term economics - so the challenge is to bring a whole range of different and special yet pragmatic solutions to high density, mixed use, low rise development - just the stuff that click-raft was always intended to address - city on a roof, and fusionopolis ! (refer )

Refer to the Peterborough Village website for more information and the prefabNZ HIVE innovation park opening on April 21/22


1 comment:

Unknown said...

It would be fab if we could have some click-raft construction in our village. Di

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