What we are doing
SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) is rebuilding our city's damaged street-level civic infrastructure:
We call this "horizontal infrastructure" because it runs horizontally along the ground. The city cannot function safely or hygienically for very long without most types of horizontal infrastructure.
Christchurch suffered unprecedented damage in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Everyone has been affected because of losses and interruptions to infrastructure we used to take for granted.
As of December 2011, our entire rebuild plan is formally defined and outlined in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Plan (PDF, 1.3MB).
Rebuilding this infrastructure is likely to cost around $2 billion dollars. It will take several years to complete the horizontal infrastructure rebuilding work, but we are working to a defined process to manage competing priorities.
We are rebuilding to the same level of infrastructure service that existed before the earthquakes. Wherever we can, we are improving the standard of the infrastructure with modern materials and designs. In most cases, we improve the infrastructure's strength if we can, so that it can stand up better if there are severe earthquakes in the future. In some areas, like the residential red zone, we are only restoring some infrastructure to a temporary standard because it will not be needed when the area is no longer residential.
Our overall goal is: creating resilient infrastructure that gives people security and confidence in the future of Christchurch.