Central Christchurch Recovery Blueprint – Summary

Central Christchurch Recovery Blueprint – Summary


Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently unveiled the blueprint for the recovery of central Christchurch.

The blueprint identifies 15 anchor projects as part of the recovery of central Christchurch.

The projects include construction of a 2,000 person convention centre in the heart of the city, a covered sports stadium that will hold 35,000 people, a medium density housing development and a cultural precinct, which will be a welcoming point for visitors to the city and built in conjunction with Ngai Tahu.

Generally, the central city will be low-rise and compact. It is proposed that the centre will be bordered by a ‘green frame’ partly comprising the banks of the Avon River. The green frame will be completed by early 2013. Building heights in the city will generally be restricted to a maximum of 28 metres (7 storeys).

The Christchurch Cathedral, which was significantly damaged in the 22 February aftershock, will be retained as the heart of the city, but the square that surrounds the cathedral will change. Christchurch’s iconic theatre, the Court Theatre, will have a new home in the arts precinct.

The Christchurch Rebuild is expected to take 10-20 years. The Canterbury Employment and Skills Board estimates that 26,000 core construction workers will be needed, many of whom will be sourced from overseas. There will also be a need for an additional 10,000 workers in ancillary and support sectors, such as accounting, manufacturing and IT.

Tenders have now opened for the key projects. Once these are secured, it is expected that the major construction companies will dramatically increase their labour force. This is likely to occur in quarter 4 of 2012 and into 2013.

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