Structural drawings submitted with the Canterbury Television building permit were unlikely to have been completed, an inquiry has heard.
The Canterbury earthquakes royal commission yesterday heard that Christchurch City Council consents officer Graeme Tapper had written to Alan Reay Consultants Ltd (ARCL), which designed the building, in 1986 outlining his concerns about the application.
The lead engineer on the project, David Harding, told commissioners that the nature of Tapper's concerns suggested the drawings were not finished.
Harding had not seen the drawings, believed to have been prepared by draughtsman Wayne Strachan, before they were submitted to the council a month after the original permit application.
“The list Mr Tapper came back with had some items on it which Wayne wouldn't have missed," Harding said.
"If he had finished the drawings there wouldn't have been those things needing to be asked for. They would have been done.”
Strachan said in his evidence on Monday that it appeared there was a rush to submit the documents, but Harding could not recall it being hurried.
“No more so than any other building. Every building has a deadline on it and we're usually behind it," he said.
"That's just the way it goes. There's usually a rush on it.”
ARCL principal Alan Reay told the commission it was a “strong possibility” the builder had submitted the plans.
“It was not uncommon for builders, particularly back then, to get a preliminary set of drawings that aren't complete to start to undertake their planning of the project,” he said.
In evidence on Monday, former ARCL draughtsman Terry Horn recalled Reay's “constant frustration” with Tapper, who he nicknamed “Colonel Tapper”, and said it was common for Reay to go over his head to chief engineer Bryan Bluck.
Tapper, who is now dead, told his wife he did not want to approve the CTV building consent but felt pressured to sign it off.
Reay said he had “disagreements” with Tapper but never went over his head to Bluck.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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