CHRISTCHURCH – Moving On…

“New dawns, fresh starts and tipping points have been announced so often in Christchurch that readers may be in a state of disbelief or extreme skepticism. City cheerleaders are at risk of being the boy who cried ‘recovery!’ But there is no question that the official end of the Re:Start shopping mall on Sunday, April 30 is a milestone in recent Christchurch history.” Quote from Stuff – 29th April 2017.

In the same article it stated “Christchurch has finally reached a point when the future starts to feel more tangible than the past.” So we don’t forget the past, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial provides a place to reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever – paying respect to the 185 people who lost their lives on 22 February 2011 and those who were seriously injured.

The new ANZ Centre and the BNZ Centre both offer a mix of office space and high-end retail which provides a glimpse of what to expect for Christchurch’s future. Mixed retail developments The Terrace and The Crossing are both still under construction. The new library is rising fast, construction on the Metro Sports Facility is underway, and the City Hall repair and refurbishment is nearly complete. Metro Sports Facility will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

In his last act as Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee said the Crown would fund a pre-feasibility study for the “multi-use arena”, and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said there was a “distinct possibility” the council would bring the project forward. More good news for the City.

Recently Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) was established as one of three new public sector agencies that collaborate in the regeneration and redevelopment of Christchurch. They are facilitating, enabling and transforming development and investment opportunities to deliver strong outcomes to the people of Christchurch. DCL is working on a portfolio of exciting place-making projects that will have tangible benefits for the people of Christchurch. One of the recent success stories is the Christchurch Adventure Park, a world class mountain biking facility on the edge of the city. They are also involved in the regeneration of New Brighton.

The city’s airport is about to launch their new master plan. Independent estimates indicate that for every $1 Christchurch Airport earns, the wider South Island economy earns $50. Having a successful gateway to the South Island is imperative to the regeneration of Christchurch.

The Christchurch Prendos team are living through this exciting phase of the rebuild and are assisting with many of the projects taking shape across the city. Yes earthquake insurance claims go on but thankfully most are now settled allowing all to move on.

The traffic cones will at some stage in the next 10 years finally disappear and while we will always remember those who lost their lives we very much look forward to the continued growth of the city in the years to come.


BY RORY CROSBIE, DIRECTOR & CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYOR, CHRISTCHURCH

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