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Saturday26 July 2014

Christchurch recovery plans unveiled

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Populous and Woods Bagot design masterplan for earthquake-damaged New Zealand city

A team including Populous and Woods Bagot has unveiled a masterplan to rebuild the city centre of Christchurch in New Zealand.

New Zealand consultancy Boffa Miskell led the Blueprint 100 Consortium, part of the Christchurch Central Development Unit, which designed a phased masterplan for the earthquake-damaged city.

Populous and Woods Bagot masterplan for Christchurch

Avon River collage

The plan aims to create a compact, green city centre with uses including health, arts and retail divided into precincts.

Publicly funded “anchor” projects include an earthquake memorial, cultural centre, central library, sports facility and a convention centre.

Populous and Woods Bagot's masterplan for Christchurch

Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre

Earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee said: “This city development is one New Zealand should be extremely proud and supportive of. The plan and its implementation are being watched by the rest of the world, which has also been supportive of Christchurch in its time of need.”

To see the plan at the Christchurch Central Development Unit website, click here.

British practices working in the city include Populous and young Anglo-Thai practice Fourfoursixsix which has four commercial projects underway in the city centre.

Populous and Woods Bagot's masterplan for Christchurch

Axo Cathedral Square

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  • Readers should also check out the work undertaken by AFH Auckland with the recent Campus Unlimited project. http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/node/10411/entries/oancompetition_entries

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