July 30, 2012

Video: Introducing the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan | Christchurch Central Development Unit

The new plan was released tonight. There may be protestors outside because homes and people in many areas are still not being looked after, and they feel it is the wrong priority, but to secure investment and give us something to look forward to, this is an interesting concept - and great news for those of us working at Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT) according to this:
" Within a large L-shaped green space the city’s new form will take shape. The low density open space eastern frame will run from Kilmore Street to Saint Asaph Street, encapsulating an entire block-width of land between Madras and Manchester Streets. It’s expected new urban living apartments will be developed along the edge of this space.
“This innovation is the most significant change from the draft Recovery Plan, and is likely to enhance the economic value of the area and promote denser central city development,” Mr Brownlee says.
The southern part of the frame, from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue, encapsulating the entire block-width of land between Tuam and Saint Asaph Streets will develop into a campus-style area, with a walkway and cycleway. Sited between the hospital and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) site, this area will be ideally suited to the health, innovation and education sectors.
“I anticipate a light, airy, college-campus style feel for the home of numerous innovative Christchurch companies and public sector agencies,” Mr Brownlee says.
At the southern end of the frame area and close to another anchor project – the hospital and health precinct – will be a new metro sports facility. This aquatic and indoor arena will be capable of playing host to national and international events. It will offer high-performance training and sports medicine facilities alongside retail and entertainment activity complementary to sport.
An important key to the city’s commercial regeneration will be a new convention centre, which will cater for up to 2000 people and complement other large centres proposed in Auckland and Queenstown. The centre will be a catalyst to hotel investment and will connect the Square to the Avon River Precinct, which will ensure visitors enjoy the uniquely green beauty the central city has to offer."


  1. Fascinating. Coping with the present and planning for the future so often cause dichotomy but they are both necessary and it is the way they are coped with and the priorities allocated to each that are so often mis judged or misunderstood. So much depends on where one stands at the present: waiting for an insurance company to sort one's claim or waiting for new premises for one's business or whatever.

    1. I downloaded the full plan for a quiet read - it won't please everyone, but there are some parts I am quietly impressed with. Looking forward to it even! Trying to stop thinking about "what was there" and focus on the "what will be". Exciting times - out of the rubble a new era rises.

  2. I really have not read the details but certainly looks very positive. I wish everyone there well!


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