Client

EQC

Budget

$2.4 billion to date

Contract Type

Design & Construct

Completed

Under-construction

Location

Christchurch

Earthquake recovery

A world-first residential repair programme

In a national crisis, time is of the essence. The faster we can respond, the sooner communities can begin rebuilding their lives. 

When homes and infrastructure were damaged in Christchurch’s 7.1 earthquake in September 2010, Fletcher Earthquake Recovery (EQR) was established to manage the logistics of a massive home repair programme on behalf of the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Anxious to get repairs underway and people back in their homes as soon as possible, within weeks we had established the first hub and begun the first remediation works. In the six years since, EQR has managed over 150,000 different home repairs – representing the largest residential repair programme ever undertaken. 

EQR has managed over 150,000 different home repairs – representing the largest residential repair programme ever undertaken.

EQR does not complete the physical repair work but liaises between homeowners and contractors on behalf of the Earthquake Commission. In its role as Project Management Office, EQR has costed, engineered and monitored repair works to around 100,000 homes, working with homeowners and around 1200 contracting firms on the planning and delivery of the work.  Each contractor is paid a project supervision fee for individual property repairs and manages their own team of sub-contractors and trades to complete the work.  Over the life of the project, over $2.4 billion has been paid out to contractors. 

The scale of the repair works in Christchurch is unprecedented, giving us the opportunity to work with contractors and to raise health and safety performance within the construction industry.