25 Feb 2014

CTV review looking at council and designers

10:30 pm on 25 February 2014

[b[ A reviewpolice have ordered of the collapse of the CTV building in the February 2011 earthquake will look at the roles of the city council and the firm that designed the building, Alan Reay Consultants.

It will be completed by engineering firm Beca and will help the police decide if criminal charges should be laid.

The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission heard evidence that the council engineer who signed off the building, the late Graeme Tapper, was pressured by his manager to do so.

It heard he had concerns about the building's ability to withstand earthquakes.

Mr Tapper's daughter, Deborah Tapper, says she hopes her father's good name is restored.

"I mean, yes, lots of buildings sort of moved sideways and ended up on a tilt like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But they didn't fall down. I mean those people didn't stand a chance. It pancaked. It's not right."