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Earthquake-struck Christchurch tenders three reconstruction schemes

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has called for expressions of interest from design, cost control and project management professionals interested in the rebuild’s first anchor projects

Three major slices of design work have gone to market for the rebuilding of earthquake-hit Christchurch in New Zealand.

These three schemes – the Avon River Precinct, the North Frame and a portion of the East Frame – are central to the shape of the new-look city.

Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island, was badly damaged by an earthquake in February 2011 and several powerful aftershocks since.

The Christchurch Central Development Unit is overseeing a strategic redevelopment of the city.

Director Warwick Isaacs said proposals would need to address the design aspirations identified by the community in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The need for fast tracking work and multiple construction stages was also critical, he said.

The values of Ngai Tahu – a principle Maori group – will also need to be reflected in the design, given the strong and important relationship the Runanga has with the Avon River.

Isaacs will also be looking for the creation of a public space that prioritises pedestrians and recreation; and recognition of the natural and cultural heritage of Victoria Square as the heart of the river precinct.

The design project will begin in October, with construction on the Avon River Precinct anticipated to begin this year and the overall project to be completed by 2014.

Isaacs said: ‘At this stage we are just telling people to let us know they are keen to be part of the process.

‘We want to be able to choose from a list of experienced, appropriate consultants who understand the vision for this exciting new city we are building.’

The request for Expressions of Interest is available through the Government Electronic Tendering Service.


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