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How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

Sunday, 3 April 2016 11:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Oh the irony. How delicious…. On one hand we have the very public spectacle of a building owner in New Regent Street facing public condemnation from the other building owners about her reticence to repair her units in the New …

Solution found to coordinate tram and construction

Solution found to coordinate tram and construction

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:38 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Agreement has been reached to keep the trams operating while paving work is completed on the section of track through Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct’s The Terraces, says Christchurch Central Development Unit Director Baden Ewart.

New Central Library ready to go

New Central Library ready to go

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:15 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Memorial Wall animated fly-through

Memorial Wall animated fly-through

Friday, 11 March 2016 1:40 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

View the animated fly-through of the Memorial Wall to visualise how the Memorial will look once it is complete.

Earthquake Memorial North Bank time lapse

Earthquake Memorial North Bank time lapse

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 5:07 p.m. by GovtCCDU

The North Bank of the Earthquake Memorial was opened on February 22. This time-lapse shows 3 months of work that went into its creation, including the final planting day involving the bereaved families and those who were seriously injured in the quake. The Memorial’s South Bank work is about to get underway and will be completed for the February 22 commemoration next year.

Work starts on New Regent Street building repairs

Work starts on New Regent Street building repairs

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 4:33 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Work to repair five dangerous buildings on New Regent Street is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Speed limit changes for Central City

Speed limit changes for Central City

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 1:51 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

From 12 March 2016 the speed limit for the heart of Christchurch's Central City will change to 30km/h to provide safer, more user friendly and enjoyable ways for people to travel.

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 6:31 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

This morning, a tram began using an alternative route from New Regent Street along Worcester Boulevard to the Arts Centre after cordons were last week placed around five buildings on New Regent Street.

Update on New Regent Street buildings

Update on New Regent Street buildings

Monday, 29 February 2016 9:52 a.m. by GovtCCC

Christchurch City Council staff today (Friday 26 February) met with the owner of five properties on New Regent Street that have been classified as dangerous and earthquake prone.

Spark Bikes at the Bus Interchange

Spark Bikes at the Bus Interchange

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:46 a.m. by GovtCCDU

The Bus Interchange is a modern transport hub and the addition of a bike share station means locals and tourists have another transport option for travelling around the central city. From the Bus Interchange locals could use the bikes to commute to their work or leisure destinations, while tourists could travel to the Bus Interchange and then explore the city by bike.

Council addresses safety concerns on New Regent Street

Council addresses safety concerns on New Regent Street

Thursday, 25 February 2016 9:53 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council is taking steps to make sure people visiting and working in New Regent Street remain safe after concerns were raised about five privately owned buildings.

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

Saturday, 20 February 2016 8:22 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well here we are, 5 years on since the February 2011 earthquake that decimated Christchurch.  On Monday there will be tears shed, politicians will say soothing words and the verbosity will flow.  (I notice this morning that we have lots …

Announcing the Otakaro Orchard – Community Garden and Food Hub

Announcing the Otakaro Orchard – Community Garden and Food Hub

Saturday, 13 February 2016 12:30 p.m. by GovtCCDU Featured Popular

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - time lapse footage 25 January - 8 February 2016

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - time lapse footage 25 January - 8 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016 5:03 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This time lapse footage shows activity at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground during the last two weeks of the school holidays.
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The role of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is to lead the rebuild of Christchurch central. CCDU is part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). CCDU is delivering the vision in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan for a distinctive, vibrant and green 21st century city. Find out more about us ...

Derelict building to make way for central Christchurchs post-quake rebuild

Derelict building to make way for central Christchurch's post-quake rebuild

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

In a major breakthrough for Christchurch's Cathedral Square, the old BNZ House is coming down to make way for a major new development.

Margaret Mahy Family Playground one month on 22nd January 2016

Margaret Mahy Family Playground one month on 22nd January 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:50 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The acting Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, John Ombler, talks about the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. one month on from its opening before Christmas.

How not to repair a heritage building in Christchurch CBD part 172

How not to repair a heritage building in Christchurch CBD part 172

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:16 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So What is new in High Street? Well Rangiora’s High Street is moving forward with its re-development.  Lucky them. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/north-canterbury/75734380/rangioras-high-street-developments-taking-shape There is noticeable progress on the rebuild on the Mckenzie & Willis site, behind us. I believe this is due …

Design and location of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Design and location of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:11 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

CERA Development Director, Rob Kerr, introduces the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial and its designer, Grega Vezjak, who shares his vision for the Memorial. We hope you enjoy this poignant insight into the location for the Memorial, the design and design selection process.

East Frame Spectrum Artwork

East Frame Spectrum Artwork

Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:45 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Street artist Vexta created this mural on Cashel Street in the East Frame as part of the Spectrum street art festival. Spectrum runs until 17 April 2017 at the YMCA.

East Frame development gets final approval

East Frame development gets final approval

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:06 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Official opening of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Official opening of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 2:32 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground was officially opened on Tuesday 22 December 2015

Margaret Mahy Family Playground Opening 22 December 2015

Margaret Mahy Family Playground Opening 22 December 2015

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 3:06 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The opening of the new Margaret Mahy Family Playground next week will allow Christchurch’s children to enjoy the new facility throughout the summer holidays.

South Frame Mural Timelapse - short version

South Frame Mural Timelapse - short version

Friday, 11 December 2015 3:43 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The South Frame will become a new destination for art and creativity. Street artist Elliot Francis Stewart creates a mural on Mollett Street as part of the Spectrum street art festival, December 2015.

South Frame Mural Timelapse

South Frame Mural Timelapse

Thursday, 10 December 2015 3:44 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The South Frame will become a new destination for art and creativity. Street artist Elliot Frances Stewart creates a mural on Mollett Street as part of the Spectrum street art festival, December 2015.

Restless Forest begins its journey

Restless Forest begins its journey

Saturday, 5 December 2015 11:02 a.m. by greeningtherubble

Greening the Rubble launched their latest and most innovative project, #TheRestlessForest on Wednesday 2 December – a truly transitional native garden that tells its own story.

Changes for St Asaph Street recommended

Changes for St Asaph Street recommended

Thursday, 3 December 2015 3:20 p.m. by GovtCCC

Christchurch City Council meets next week to consider the Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee’s recommendation to approve traffic changes for St Asaph Street that include a separated cycleway on the south side of the street.

margaret-mahy-family-playground-christchurch-aerial-video-october-2015

margaret-mahy-family-playground-christchurch-aerial-video-october-2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 4:42 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This flyover video, taken in October, shows the progress of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground under construction between the Avon River and Armagh Street. Once finished in December 2015, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground will connect the East Frame and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River.

New options to be explored for Crown owned site

New options to be explored for Crown owned site

Friday, 20 November 2015 6:56 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Christchurch Central Development Unit Director Baden Ewart says it is unfortunate the proposed developers of a residential demonstration project in central Christchurch have been unable to confirm the availability of the necessary funding, but he’s confident the land will be highly sought after by other parties.

The official sod-turning for construction of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, 12 November 2015

The official sod-turning for construction of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, 12 November 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:55 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Work has officially begun on the Earthquake Memorial site, starting with the North Bank. A reflective gathering space will be developed here before the Memorial Wall itself is built across the river on the south bank.

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - Progress flyover

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - Progress flyover

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 2:45 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This flyover video shows the progress of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground under construction between the Avon River and Armagh Street. Once finished in December 2015, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground will connect the East Frame and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River.

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The role of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is to lead the rebuild of Christchurch central. CCDU is part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authori ...

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 8:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Hot off the Press… Notification that the South Frame details have been announced.  (The ones that have been sitting on the ministers desk for over 6 months….. Link here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/73878366/south-frame-details-and-drawings-revealed “The powers that be” have finally released the South Frame …

South Frame public space designs revealed

South Frame public space designs revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:54 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Literary Trail at The Terraces - Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct

Literary Trail at The Terraces - Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 9:19 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This flyover video shows the progress of The Terraces section of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct. The Terraces will link the river to a new riverside promenade, and bars and restaurants in the new Retail Precinct.

Award-winning Chef Takes Culinary Sojourn in Christchurch

Award-winning Chef Takes Culinary Sojourn in Christchurch

Thursday, 5 November 2015 3:50 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Featured Popular

An online video series promoting the eclectic central Christchurch dining scene was launched yesterday.

Christchurch Bus Interchange Official Opening - 29 October 2015

Christchurch Bus Interchange Official Opening - 29 October 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015 3:55 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee formally opening Christchurch’s new $53 million Bus Interchange, with the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion.

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 9:28 p.m. by GovtCCDU

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses - Part One

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses - Part One

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 9:28 p.m. by GovtCCDU

CERA Chief Transport Planner Angus Bargh talk us through the changes to intersections and roads, additional cycle-lanes and why the Bus Interchange is so important for transport changes in Christchurch.

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses - Part Two

An Accessible City: Roads Bikes and Buses - Part Two

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 9:28 p.m. by GovtCCDU

CERA Chief Transport Planner Angus Bargh talk us through the changes to intersections and roads, additional cycle-lanes and why the Bus Interchange is so important for transport changes in Christchurch.

Bus Interchange full time-lapse

Bus Interchange full time-lapse

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 5:15 p.m. by GovtCCDU

Time-lapse of the construction of the Christchurch Bus Interchange over 2014–2015..

Friday Night Food Trucks move back to the Square over summer

Friday Night Food Trucks move back to the Square over summer

Monday, 19 October 2015 6:12 p.m. by FutureChristchurch Popular

Summer is coming and so are the Friday Night Food Trucks, serving up a variety of awesome street food in Cathedral Square starting from Friday 9 October 2015.

Wayfinding towers help with Central City navigation

Wayfinding towers help with Central City navigation

Monday, 19 October 2015 6:03 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

It'll soon be easier to find your way to exciting Central City destinations.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

Monday, 12 October 2015 7:37 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So, whats new in Lower High Street….. 

Heritage on the rocks… in High Street.

Heritage on the rocks… in High Street.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:17 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Flash from Lower High Street… After lying in rubble for over 3 years, the burnt out Billen’s building in Lower High street, is finally under demolition today. From this to this: to demolition under way now: It is good …

Council gives the go-ahead for three further Central City transport projects

Council gives the go-ahead for three further Central City transport projects

Thursday, 10 September 2015 6:15 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch’s Central City travel network is getting another boost, with three further transport projects given the go-ahead – creating a compact pedestrian-, bus- and cycle-friendly core, while maintaining good access for private vehicles.

Christchurchs largest hotel now fully open for business

Christchurch's largest hotel now fully open for business

Wednesday, 2 September 2015 11:45 a.m. by PRNews Popular

The remodelling of Christchurch's newest and largest hotel is now complete and it's welcoming guests.

Greening the Rubble – what we have learned from working in partnership

Greening the Rubble – what we have learned from working in partnership

Sunday, 30 August 2015 1:21 p.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

If Greening the Rubble was a 5-year-old child receiving their first school report I am sure it would say “works well with others”.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:11 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So whats new in High Street today?  Nearly 5 years on from the September 2010 Quake…  

Bus Interchange building now complete

Bus Interchange building now complete

Thursday, 20 August 2015 1:31 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Positive response to Draft Restoration Plan

Positive response to Draft Restoration Plan

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:30 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development in the precinct. …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months  (plus 4 years) for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development …

New playground for Christmas

New playground for Christmas

Sunday, 19 July 2015 3:58 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch…

Thursday, 16 July 2015 4:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

I notice that my infamy has spread beyond New Zealand

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:04 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 2:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Around the corner from High Street, proceeding with more speed than anything else in Christchurch, silently, stealthfully and unnoticed by the media, the demolition of the undamaged Westende Building (2012)  progresses. With no “cover boy” photo opportunities wanted by anyone (and not a Member of Parliament to be seen)  this 2-year-old building joins the 100’s of other buildings from the central city at the refuse station.

Brownlee Baiting……

Brownlee Baiting……

Monday, 6 July 2015 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Interesting article in the Press this morning by Barnaby Bennett.  I particularly enjoyed his comments about heritage and the existing buildings. “Exhibit 5: He was wrong about heritage and existing buildings. Dr Jessica Halliday explains this best in her essay …

Fletcher snares the big prize but local bidder not happy

Fletcher snares the big prize but local bidder not happy

Friday, 3 July 2015 7:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

 

Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates Breathe Urban Village

Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates Breathe Urban Village

Friday, 3 July 2015 12:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A $30 million urban village planned for central Christchurch "should never have started in the first place", Gerry Brownlee says.