### stuff.co.nz Last updated 11:53 04/01/2012
Buildings to ‘sit lightly’ under rebuild proposal
An area of central Christchurch is pushing to open up opportunities for the building of lightweight structures, as a less expensive and more “sensible” way to rebuild parts of the quake-ravaged city. Peterborough Village, a residential and commercial community inside the Christchurch central business district, is organising an international workshop to look into the issue in mid-February. Spokesperson Di Lucas said there were concerns the cost of stronger and deeper foundations required under post-quake bylaws could be unaffordable for some. She understood there were options for lightweight, cheaper but robust structures to sit lightly on the soft land as alternatives to the standard heavy structures being proposed on deep vertical piles.
Village chairperson Mark McEntyre said a public presentation was proposed following the workshop to demonstrate desired options. A summary of the workshop would also be published at peterboroughvillage.org.nz
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr