Peterborough Apartments, Christchurch

Peterborough Apartments, Christchurch

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Project Duration: 2012
Client: CERES

With a hundred years of history, the beautiful Peterborough Apartments building was at risk of demolition following the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Located in the central business district, the stone and brick building was a feature of Christchurch. It had been converted into a 36 unit apartment building after starting life as a school in the 1880s.

The earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks had caused some damage to the superstructure and left it with up to 150mm of subsidence in some areas of the structure. Miyamoto International NZ’s (formerly Miyamoto Impact) review of the structure found that it was repairable and the building could be retained cost effectively. The original estimate for repairs was $25m but the client only had $13m in insurance. This meant it was non- economical to repair and was likely to be demolished. The owners wanted to get a pay-out and move on.

The Miyamoto International NZ team worked to formulate an efficient and effective plan to repair and retain the building. Working closely with the geotechnical engineers, we developed a cost-effeictive solution to the subsidence and liquefaction issues. Using high performance engineering, the team provided a solution of Fibre Reinforced Plastic. This limited building deflection and maintained the stone, as well as reducing potential building damage.

Miyamoto International NZ’s approach ultimately provided a building that met the engineering team’s goal of exceeding 100%NBS.