The new inner Christchurch frame residential living.
Press Release: New Zealand Government:
Hon Gerry Brownlee- Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Developer chosen for inner city neighbourhoods
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of a preferred development partner for an exciting new era of inner city living in Christchurch.
After a rigorous tender process, Fletcher Residential has been confirmed as the preferred developer to work with the Government on the $800 million East and North Frame residential precinct, providing around 940 new townhouses and apartments accommodating up to 2200 residents.
Fletcher Residential has provided the Government with concept images for the proposed developments across the East and North Frames, broken down into three distinct areas of housing, and supported by small-scale commercial development and community facilities.
“Fletcher Residential has presented an exciting vision of what this new inner city neighbourhood might look like in the years ahead,” Mr Brownlee says.
“It will deliver a mix of housing to encourage people at all stages of life to live in the central city.
“There are a whole lot of reasons for people to want to live in these new neighbourhoods, with an expanse of green public space through the middle of the Frame and one of the world’s largest outdoor family playgrounds.
“All this will be only a short walk to the commercial heart of Christchurch and various precincts the central city has to offer.
“Lifting the resident population of the central city will not only add more vibrancy and activity, it will help businesses in the area to flourish.”
If the development agreement is confirmed later this year, Fletcher Residential will progressively purchase seven hectares of land in the East and North Frames – between Manchester and Madras Streets, from just north of the Avon River down to Lichfield Street – to develop the housing.
Construction will be spread over eight or nine years, with the first homes expected to be complete within 18 months of a development agreement being signed. That final agreement is expected to be signed by the end of November this year.
“Fletcher Residential will set the prices when the homes go onto market, but most are likely to be within a range of $400,000 and $900,000 – providing opportunity for a range of living situations,” Mr Brownlee says.
“The first thing people will see will be the development of the public spaces in the East and North Frame by the Government from later this year.”
Press Release: Fletcher Building
Fletcher to bring 2,200 people back to central Christchurch
Creating three vibrant new communities to bring up to 2,200 people back to central Christchurch is the vision of Fletcher Residential’s plan for the East and North Frame Residential Precinct.
Fletcher Building’s Construction Division Chief Executive Graham Darlow is thrilled Fletcher Residential has been appointed the preferred development partner for the project which will see approximately 940 townhouses and apartments built in the next eight to nine years.
“Our vision is to help return the beating heart to Christchurch City. We want to protect the precious and familiar while rejuvenating the city with three distinct but linked housing areas that provide diverse living for all.”
The new housing areas – Avon, Latimer and Lichfield – will reflect their location and local landmarks. They will appeal to diverse groups of people, with varied architecture and housing types using sustainable design. The master plan for the development includes playgrounds, parks and other public spaces with streets, footpaths and laneways for ease of access. The plan will be brought to market under the Fletcher Living brand.
Chief Operating Officer, Housing, Steve Evans said the master plan will enhance existing features such as the Avon River, Latimer Square and the MED building as well as reinforcing other nearby aspects of Christchurch’s rebuild including the Margaret Mahy Family playground, Linear Park and the neighbouring Innovation Precinct.
“We are all about creating communities where people want to live from the first stages of the project through to completion. One example is our commitment to provide $1 million towards a fund to initiate activities that draw people back into the city and put the empty lots to good use before they are developed.”
He said Fletcher Living will consult with the public on the types of initiatives but is considering activities such as weekly markets, sporting and community events that enliven city life.
Fletcher Living plans to start selected building in each area simultaneously and then build out from there. Construction on the first homes will commence approximately 18 months after the signing of a development agreement which is expected to be in November this year.
Fletcher Building is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch. Other Fletcher Building projects in Canterbury include Colombo and Welles housing developments, Awatea and Carrs Rd housing developments, The University of Canterbury Regional Science and Innovation Centre, the Grand Central retail and commercial development and the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.