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Christchurch low-rise building plan questioned

Christchurch’s new low-rise building plan, unveiled today, has been labeled an overreaction by a risk modelling expert.

Local reaction to the city’s plans have mostly been positive, however Imperial College London lecturer in modelling engineering risk Peter Stafford has said he believes the city council may have taken the easy option by not reconstructing taller buildings.

“We know we can design tall buildings safely, so I don’t see why they need a low-rise plan,” said Stafford, adding that it was an overreaction.

February’s earthquake produced ground shaking that far exceeded design codes, resulting in many building collapses − particularly in Christchurch’s central business district.

Stafford said he believes the low-rise building plan will make traffic worse and affect business within the city.

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