Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
3 April 2017
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
The Majestic Centre is an iconic landmark in the centre of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Constructed circa 1991, it is a 30-storey modern office tower and the tallest building in the city. New Zealand sits on the Pacific ‘ring of fire’ and is a highly active seismic region. The Majestic Centre building was assessed in 2011 using a performance-based approach and found to have a lower seismic performance than expected. Over the past five years, at a cost of NZ$83.5M (£46M), the building has been systematically strengthened, while remaining fully tenanted. The project has spurred new assessment and strengthening techniques and overcome several major logistical challenges to reach a successful completion.
All the articles published in the April 2017 issue.
Many construction projects which involve partial or whole demolition, refurbishment, or working in close proximity to other buildings or structures are likely to require some form of temporary works. This may include: propping, needling, shoring, facade retention, crash decks, weather protection, temporary screens (to control noise or dust), etc. This article focuses on propping and needling.