Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

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A number of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 have devastated the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Government-owned project delivery company, Ōtākaro, (previously Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority), appointed GHD to design the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

The biggest challenge was constructing a memorial that provides a place to reflect and honour those who lost their lives, the survivors, the first responders and the wider community. This project is unique because it involves all design disciplines within GHD. More than 50 people in our Christchurch office have been involved throughout the project.

This was a special project for GHD and New Zealand, with a strong emphasis on a fitting outcome that provided a place of reflection for the public. Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy noted the significance of providing a place to remember those who had lost their lives, saying, "I hope that the new memorial will provide a place to remember; to grieve for what is lost and to give thanks for what remains. I am sure it will be a particularly special place for the families of those who lost their lives, and for those seriously injured in the earthquakes. They will be joined by many others from New Zealand and around the world who wish to pause and reflect on that difficult time."

We believe we have contributed to creating a lasting memorial for the people of Canterbury.

Contact: Donna Bridgman



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