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14 Midas Place, Christchurch Seismic Upgrade

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Key Project Details



KiwiRail Property


Higgs Construction

Project Value

Approximately $500,000 of seismic strengthening
Approximately $500,000 of refurbishment


Construction commenced February 2013 and was completed early September 2013
The building, used by KiwiRail as their main Christchurch office, is a two storey concrete framed building with a hollowcore first floor slab and light steel framed roof. This project involved a seismic assessment of the existing building, and design and documentation for the building’s seismic upgrade.

Novare Design’s involvement included: Inspection of the building followed by a qualitative seismic assessment of the existing structure, and provision of options for its seismic upgrade. Novare recommended stiffening the building and other retrofit measures to address concerns over the building’s integrity and potential future seismic performance.

Design and documentation of seismic strengthening of the building was undertaken, along with co-ordinating with KiwiRail’s refurbishment proposals. Seismic strengthening work included; the addition of exterior ground floor and interior upper floor bracing frames to stiffen the building, new ring ground beam and screw pile foundations, floor diaphragm upgrade, precast concrete wall weakening and additional support to hollowcore floor units.

Tender and contract management of the strengthening, and oversaw the construction activities.

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