230 High Street Christchurch


PHOTO: 230 High Street Christchurch is the narrow, glass-fronted building in the centre. Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

A real estate agent says the Christchurch City Council was “unprofessional” not to advise him of earthquake design concerns at a new central city building.

Three engineering companies have raised multiple serious concerns with the steel frame, foundations, piles and a column at the unoccupied building in the main shopping precinct.

Chris Harding of JLL marketed 230 High Street last July.

He was told it was awaiting a final certificate of code compliance, but he said neither the developer, Hyang Kim, or the city council told him they were dealing with serious seismic concerns.

“I would have thought there would be some disclosure,” Mr Harding said.

Real Estate Authority rules say agents should be told by a property’s seller “everything they know, when they know it”, and he had not been.