UK may give housing lead

Posted 29 Oct 2012 by MediaThePress
Posted in Business , Rebuild , Media

Hundreds of wheelie bins, "eco-bling" and hectares of car parks.

 

British housing developments are showing Christchurch what to avoid in the city's rebuild, as well as providing some inspiration.

 


 

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Organisers of a housing design competition for Christchurch have visited about six British developments that they hope will influence the look and feel of the new central city.

An international design competition to build an urban village of about 50 houses in the city centre has already attracted more than 300 expressions of interest from around the world.

The competition is for a one-hectare site near the northeastern corner of Latimer Square.

Christchurch City Council sustainability adviser Tony Moore is involved in the competition and visited the British schemes.

He said the British projects could help Christchurch understand how high-density housing worked in the rebuild.

"One of the key benefits was to see physically how the buildings and the spaces in between work, and talk to the residents about their experience of living in those places and how the social dynamics work," he said.

"There were some examples that on paper sounded good but weren't quite right. Some of the places were designed for lots of people without any consideration for cafes or childcare or social amenities."

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