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How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD… St Asaph Street debacle..

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD… St Asaph Street debacle..

Sunday, 5 November 2017 9:14 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is New in High Street? I see that Barry Watson has finally decided to put his frontage on the market for sale.  Personally I have serious reservations about the efficacy of “facadism”.  My experience is that the cost of …

Developer for 224 Cashel Street confirmed

Developer for 224 Cashel Street confirmed

Friday, 20 October 2017 11:47 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Ōtākaro Limited has selected Studio D4, led by Patrick Fontein, as the preferred developer for the building at 224 Cashel St (former IRD building) and the Cashel Chambers and carpark.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…Demolition..

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…Demolition..

Monday, 16 October 2017 8:59 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is new in High Street… It took 4 hours to sort it with a digger…   All jokes aside, one would have to ask why it took nearly 7 years for the issue of 135 High Street to be …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…The Tram…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…The Tram…

Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:13 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is New in High Street? The Press has an article about the Tram that was supposed to run down our end of the street.   I note that we get a mention in the comments again.  Link Here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97717158/shakeup-of-christchurch-transport-plan-proposed     I …

High Street again…7 years on

High Street again…7 years on

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:01 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So What’s new in High Street. Work on the Peeble’s units has ground to a halt,  It has been over 4 weeks since any progress has been made.  I have not had a clear answer as to the reasons? At …

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:25 p.m. by Regenerate Featured Popular

A draft concept to bring more life to Cathedral Square and the surrounding area proposes reshaping the Square to create three lively gathering places, each with their own character and purpose, within a greener setting.

Christchurch City Council to probe how to address businesses hit by roadworks

Christchurch City Council to probe how to address businesses hit by roadworks

Monday, 26 June 2017 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch businesses hit hard by constant roadworks could get help from the council, with one councillor suggesting rates rebates.

Desirable design and unique artwork are hallmarks of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Desirable design and unique artwork are hallmarks of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Saturday, 24 June 2017 8:10 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Release: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Duncan’s Buildings again…..

Duncan’s Buildings again…..

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 3:28 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

When I finished choking on my coffee this morning, I laughed.  

Duncan’s Building Rebuild

Duncan’s Building Rebuild

Monday, 29 May 2017 2:40 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Update:  I have just been sent this link. This is what is planned for the back of the Duncan’s Buildings.  The 8 Units owned by the Peeble’s group. It is so far off the original design that I find …

Cathedral Working Group report released

Cathedral Working Group report released

Friday, 26 May 2017 5:12 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

Council releases list of central city barrier sites

Council releases list of central city barrier sites

Friday, 26 May 2017 4:59 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

" is a living list and will be regularly updated,'' said  Council Strategy and Transformation General Manager Brendan Anstiss.

Dirty 30’s Heritage saga continues

Dirty 30’s Heritage saga continues

Thursday, 25 May 2017 8:32 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Oh dear, such emotive wording…  Link Here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92863275/council-goes-after-central-christchurchs-dirty-30-building-owners-who-are-kicking-the-city-in-the-face The irony is, as my readers know so well, is that we have been trying for years to get the CCC et al to address these issues.  Sadly, when the CCC finally …

CCC Regeneration letter…

CCC Regeneration letter…

Friday, 19 May 2017 10:12 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Flash – Hot off the Press: I have just opened my mail. When I finished choking on my very nice Sauvignon blanc,  I see that the CCC has sent out a letter telling me, and 30 other building owners, …

Duncan’s Buildings Demolitions…

Duncan’s Buildings Demolitions…

Friday, 19 May 2017 9:32 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What is New in Lower High Street? On Monday 22nd May 2017,  two of the Duncan’s units will be completely demolished. These are the last 2 units at the north end.  The demolition has been authorised by LINZ (Land Information …

Inaccessible city- St Asaph Street- another grumpy meeting…

Inaccessible city- St Asaph Street- another grumpy meeting…

Friday, 5 May 2017 8:39 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Well that was interesting. 

Announcement on pre-feasibility study hailed

Announcement on pre-feasibility study hailed

Thursday, 4 May 2017 7:49 p.m. by PRNews Popular

MEDIA RELEASE: Multi-Purpose Arena Trust

Rebuilding in the CBD.. Duncan’s Buildings..

Rebuilding in the CBD.. Duncan’s Buildings..

Thursday, 27 April 2017 5:33 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What is new in High Street today? This is worth seeing!  The council planted “Pin Oaks,” if my memory is correct, in 1995-96???  They have become huge – over 15 meters high, they obscure the frontages, are messy, untrimmed and …

$18m more for Christchurch’s Acute Services Building

$18m more for Christchurch’s Acute Services Building

Thursday, 27 April 2017 2:53 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular


Rebuilding in the Christchurch CBD- Duncan’s Building.

Rebuilding in the Christchurch CBD- Duncan’s Building.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:09 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What is new in High Street? 

Call to make room for small businesses to return to central Christchurch

Call to make room for small businesses to return to central Christchurch

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch business leaders are calling for the central city to find room for the little businesses priced out by the rebuild.

Minister welcomes Accessible City rethink

Minister welcomes Accessible City rethink

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 5:11 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

ANZ staff return to Christchurch CBD

ANZ staff return to Christchurch CBD

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:06 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Convention Centre design gives Christchurch the edge

Convention Centre design gives Christchurch the edge

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 10:01 p.m. by TourismChCh Featured Popular

Convention Centre design gives Christchurch the edge

Christchurch Convention Centre design inspired by South Island landscape

Christchurch Convention Centre design inspired by South Island landscape

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 11:20 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

 

Derelict Buildings and the Christchurch CBD…

Derelict Buildings and the Christchurch CBD…

Friday, 31 March 2017 9:21 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What’s new in High Street? News Flash…. After waiting for 6 years,  our neighbouring building owner has finally agreed to put his building on the market. It has gone from this:   To This: Yeah ha…. With a bit of  …

Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Friday, 24 March 2017 9:03 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Well that was a bit of a joke.   An answer from The Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Nick Smith.  He tells me: “I am unable to get involved in individual disputes”…. “talk to the Christchurch City Council…”  or ” …

Developer for 224 Cashel Street (former IRD building) wanted

Developer for 224 Cashel Street (former IRD building) wanted

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:32 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Ōtākaro Limited wants to hear from parties with the experience, finances and vision to purchase and redevelop the building at 224 Cashel Street, Christchurch (former IRD building).

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

Thursday, 16 March 2017 9:37 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What’s New in Lower High Street: 6 years and 1 month after the 22nd February 2011 quake and still neither the Government or the Christchurch City Council have made any attempt to deal with building owners who refuse to repair/sell …

First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes

First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes

Thursday, 9 March 2017 3:37 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Durham Street between Kilmore Street and Worcester Boulevard has today returned to two lanes with the bulk of the road works on this portion of the An Accessible Project now complete.

Next portion of riverside promenade construction starting mid-March

Next portion of riverside promenade construction starting mid-March

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:25 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Work on the next stage of the central city riverside promenade will get underway mid-March between Antigua and Durham Streets as part of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct.

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:25 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

As a follow on from my last post in January. I note that I have not had a response from the Building Minister, Nick Smith, regarding the implementation of stronger legislation in Christchurch or even attempt to force recalcitrant building …

Western end of St Asaph and Tuam Streets to be upgraded

Western end of St Asaph and Tuam Streets to be upgraded

Friday, 24 February 2017 4:16 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

 

Anglican bishop worried over fundraising targets for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Anglican bishop worried over fundraising targets for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 6:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Anglican leaders fear fundraising targets for the $100 million Christ Church Cathedral restoration project are too ambitious and want taxpayers to foot the bill if the money cannot be raised, sources close to negotiations say.

Timelines more important than masterplans for Christchurch projects

Timelines more important than masterplans for Christchurch projects

Monday, 13 February 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: Christchurch has made a bit of a mess of its consultation and planning processes post-quake, but the discussions over Cathedral Square and the residential red zone offer a chance to address this problem and produce some better results.

Horatio Street and part of Balfour Terrace to close

Horatio Street and part of Balfour Terrace to close

Saturday, 4 February 2017 2:15 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Horatio Street and the bulk of Balfour Terrace from Antigua Street will be permanently closed from Friday 10 February to allow work to continue on the Metro Sport Facility Site.

Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

Regeneration strategy for Christchurchs Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Regeneration strategy for Christchurch's Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Monday, 23 January 2017 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A clear vision for Christchurch's Cathedral Square is expected by June.

How many  Bars and Cafes do we need?

How many Bars and Cafes do we need?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

How many bars and cafes does the Christchurch CBD need?  The short answer is not as many as it has. I see that Liz McDonald from The Press has written a few articles and begun to discuss the issue.  The …

Arts Centre secures innovative theatre company as new tenants

Arts Centre secures innovative theatre company as new tenants

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 1:36 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Editorial: Christchurchs central library is going to be worth the cost

Editorial: Christchurch's central library is going to be worth the cost

Monday, 16 January 2017 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

At first glance, the news of the budget for the new central Christchurch library ballooning by more than half seems alarming.

Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame

Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 1:05 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Students aged between four and 15 from two Christchurch schools have designed a 130 metre mural to help bring to life the East Frame while construction of the public space is carried out.

Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop complete.

Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop complete.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:59 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Ōtākaro Limited has now completed work on the Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop.

Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017

Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 8:56 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Construction of the first apartments in the East Frame Residential Development will begin in late March/early April 2017.

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:27 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

There has been a flurry of articles recently, about quake prone buildings.  I do not expect any action to be taken as a result of these articles.   I think that this issue is way too hard for the powers that …

Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site

Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site

Monday, 19 December 2016 5:42 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Recommended Featured Popular

Giant arcade game for the streets of Christchurch!

Giant arcade game for the streets of Christchurch!

Monday, 19 December 2016 2:34 p.m. by GapFiller Featured Popular

This summer, visitors to the central city of Christchurch will be able to play a giant outdoor arcade game, the first of its kind in the world in Gap Filler’s latest project - Super Street Arcade. The giant joystick, standing over a metre tall with buttons the size of dinner plates, needs to be pulled, pushed, twisted and jumped on by several players at once, all communicating and combining movements to achieve success in the game. And because the details matter, there is even a high score ...

CTV investigation – December 2016 media update

CTV investigation – December 2016 media update

Monday, 19 December 2016 2:20 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Press Release: New Zealand Police

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Due to the fact that the Christchurch City Council does not do any maintenance in parts of our street (ie cleaning, removing rubbish, fixing water leaks etc) in the red Zone fenced off area,  we have taken to doing our own rudimentary “street sweeping”.   It is a dirty,  wet, smelly and unhygienic mess.  We got tired of the mess being walked into our factory area!

Justice Precinct construction progressing well

Justice Precinct construction progressing well

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 5:10 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Prime Minister opens new Christchurch Visitor Centre

Prime Minister opens new Christchurch Visitor Centre

Friday, 9 December 2016 10:31 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The opening of the new Christchurch Visitor Centre today, by Prime Minister John Key in his last official engagement, is a multiple celebration for the city’s earthquake recovery, say tourism leaders.

PGC Site Completed

PGC Site Completed

Thursday, 8 December 2016 2:18 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

 

Request for Proposal for North Frame Pedestrian Bridge underway

Request for Proposal for North Frame Pedestrian Bridge underway

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 9:51 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

 

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Thursday, 1 December 2016 8:59 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

I have been watching the new road works proceeding in St Asaph Street with some horror.  Not only is the new High Street entry from Madras Street damn dangerous (you have a constant stream of one way traffic behind you …

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Monday, 28 November 2016 8:05 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Oh dear, my infamy continues. A well-balanced report by Rachel Graham  A Christchurch Reporter, discussing the issue of abandoned and unrepaired buildings.  It is rather topical at the moment due to the “slow train wreck” that is the Wellington CBD.  …