Modern design: This building which will replace the Carlton Hotel has been designed with safety in mind.
The owner and tenant of the proposed Carlton Hotel have rejected suggestions its design strays too far from its predecessor's historic look.
Dunedin-based Oakwood Properties has resource consent to build a two-storey steel structure at Carlton Corner, at the intersection of Bealey Ave and Papanui Rd.
The site was once home to the heritage-listed Carlton Hotel, built in 1906 and demolished after being badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.
The new building will again house the pub and a Burger King restaurant, and have office space upstairs.
Heritage advocate Anne Crighton told the Christchurch Mail this week that historic elements of the old building should have been given more consideration in the design.
"The old Carlton had a semi-rounded corner, quite a distinctive feature, which I strongly believe should have been echoed," she said.
Oakwood director David Marsh said capturing historic features in a modern design was difficult.
"It's basically impossible to put up an older building again. We're building a new building to obviously be safe," he said.
Publican James Murdoch said the previous pub's look could not be safely reproduced.
"We're building a safe steel structure and it's pretty hard to replicate a brick building."
The pub's interior would capture the Carlton of old, he said. "The theme for the fitout is basically bringing back the old Carlton, with all your old wooden timbers and all the old memorabilia that we're going to recreate and source over the next 12 months until we're open," he said.
"We're gathering that stuff up at the moment and doing a whole lot of research on the building."
Marsh said the building's price tag was not known, but "looks expensive".
"We haven't had a [quantity surveyor] through it yet. [The cost] will be substantial."
A cash "top-up" would be needed to supplement insurance money, he said.
"We see this as our flagship property in Christchurch and we really want to put the effort in. I think there's a lot of sentiment around the Carlton, and we're pretty keen to do our part to rebuild."
He said a building consent application would be lodged in about three months, and a nine-month build time would see the new Carlton open in mid-2013.
The Carlton Country Club, a container bar on the site, would be forced to move.
Owner Rob Miller said two central-city spots were being considered for relocation.
"One of them's particularly high-profile. It's a matter of negotiating land rentals and we're still in the process of that," he said.