Saturday, January 26, 2013

Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

Te Mahere ‘Maraka Otautahi’
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (CCRP) outlines the future development of central Christchurch.

It incorporates a spatial Blueprint Plan developed by a professional consortium working with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) over a 100 day period.

It was released to the public on 30 July 2012.


Central Christchurch will become the thriving heart of an international city, it will draw on its rich natural and cultural heritage, and the skills and passion of its people, to embrace opportunities for innovation and growth. 
The redevelopment will acknowledge the past and the events that have shaped the city, while reflecting the best of the new. 

What do the people of Christchurch want for their city?

When Christchurch City Council asked people to share ideas about the central city recovery it received over 100,000 suggestions. Advice also came from professional institutes, interest groups, and community organisations.

From the responses, 5 key themes formed the basis of the plan.
  • Green city
  • Stronger built identity
  • Compact CBD
  • Accessible city
  • Live, Work, Play, Learn and Visit
The Blueprint

The blueprint plan provides a spatial framework for Central Christchurch. It describes the form in which the central city can be rebuilt as a whole, and defines the location of ‘anchor projects’ which will stimulate further development.


A large multipurpose sports and entertainment venue is proposed for central Christchurch. wit seating for up to 35,000 people, the covered stadium will position central Christchurch as a world-class option for attracting and hosting sporting events and concerts. The stadium will include:
  • 35,000 capacity, with 4,300 demountable seats to allow for staging and scaling of events.
  • Corporate suites and lounge spaces with 4000 seat capacity
  • Option of a fixed transparent roof
  • Optimum spectator viewing through rectangular format for field of play and seating 

Justice and Emergency Service Precinct.
The Justice and Emergency Service Precinct will incorporate the government and emergency service sectors, along with Civil Defence and Emergency Management. It will bring a substantial workforce into the central city, stimulating recovery by supporting retail and commercial activity in the central area.

Metro Sports Facility

A new metro sports facility will attract people from across Canterbury, New Zealand and the world. They will be able to train, participate and compete in a broad range of sports for all ages and abilities. The facilities will also offer a pleasant and relaxing environment for spectators.


It will be a top-class venue and centre of excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills. Providing aquatic and indoor sport facilities, it will cater for the day-to-day needs of the recreational, educational and high performance sporting communities, and also host national and international events. The facility will be conveniently located in central Christchurch, close to other sporting facilities and easy to access by public transport, private vehicle and new walking and cycling links. The Metro Sports Facility will include:
  • Aquatic centre with a 50m, 10-lane competition pool, dive and leisure pools
  • Indoor stadium – 8 indoor courts including seating for up to 2,800
  • High performance centre with facilities for coaching and training
  • Day-to-day recreation, including fitness centre and outdoor landscaped space
  • Performance movement centre with studios and performance space
  • Administration facilities and parking
Health Precinct
A world-class hub for health education, research and innovation could be established next to the existing Christchurch Hospital.

The Health Precinct is an inspirational project in which private research and professional partners, educational and medi-hotel facilities will be within walking distance of the main hospital site. It will also form a world-class facility for learning and teaching in medicine located at the western end of the south Frame, the precinct will be well connected to the Metro Sports Facility and the Core.

Performing Arts Precinct

The arts and creative industries are crucial to the recovery of Christchurch. They contribute to the local economy, to community and cultural wellbeing, and support tourism and hospitality. Most of all, they draw people to the city and make it an inspiring place to be. A Performing Arts Precinct is proposed to offer facilities for music and the performing arts, and to act as a catalyst for recovery. The precinct will embrace different sites and will support co-location of organisations as far as is possible.
The precinct designation will be sufficient to provide for a range of facilities in the event that the Town Hall cannot be repaired. It will be in close proximity to the Convention Centre, Papa o Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, hospitality providers and hotels. The Precinct could include a performing arts centre made up of two auditoria of 1,500 and 500 seats respectively, with an appropriately high-quality acoustic environment. It could also provide a permanent home for the Court Theatre, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Centre of Christchurch. The location of the Performing Arts Precinct recognises the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal in its existing location.

Avon River Precinct

The winding path of the Ōtākaro/Avon River will mark Christchurch’s new river precinct. Papa o Ōtākaro will include Victoria Square (formerly Market Square) and be part of the central city’s spiritual and aesthetic identity. The historical contrast between the curving river and the linear grid of the streets is a key element of the city’s distinctive urban form. Ōtākaro holds great significance for Ngāi Tahu: the river was their commercial vein, transport route, source of mahinga kai, and place by which they lived and traded. The new precinct will give priority to people and provide for cyclists and pedestrians.


Convention Centre Precinct

A world-class convention centre will be developed to attract new and exciting events to the city. The precinct comprises of a number of buildings that will reactivate surrounding streets and public spaces, and generate new activity. The precinct will support retail and hospitality within the Core and visitor attractions and services throughout Christchurch.

The Earthquake Memorial
A place where people can spend time in reflection and honour those who lost their lives or were injured in the earthquakes will be developed in central Christchurch. The national Earthquake Memorial will be a place of local, national and international significance where individuals can reflect and large groups can gather. Because this is such a significant project, it should begin early, not be rushed and involve the community and families of those who died.

185 people died in Christchurch as a result of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, and many others were seriously injured. The earthquakes profoundly affected many people and cultures, within New Zealand. Nearly every person in the greater Christchurch region has an earthquake story and we all tell them in different ways. A community consultation process will be undertaken as part of the development of plans for the national Earthquake Memorial to ensure that the voices and ideas of the effected families and the community are captured in the design process for the Memorial. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu will work together to identify the site and begin the community consultation and design process. A design competition will
be undertaken to attract the best ideas; international teams may participate but they must include local personnel.

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