AJ100 big hitter BDP has secured a key role in the rebuilding of Christchurch after the devastating 2011 earthquake
The practice is part of a consortium appointed to prepare design proposals for the regeneration of the New Zealand city’s Avon River Precinct.
Local engineering consultancy Opus is leading the team, which also includes UK engineers Arup and Maori designers RAA.
BDP project director Andrew Tindsley is heading up a team of landscape and urban designers that will relocate to Christchurch for at least 12 weeks.
The study begins on 7 January with construction due to commence later in the year.
Tindsley told AJ: ‘We want to use all the expertise we’ve gathered on urban regeneration projects and really work it in with local knowledge from the community and the design team.’
He added: ‘The context of this project is very serious – it comes from something devastating – but it is a really super project to be involved in.’
Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island, was badly damaged by an earthquake in February 2011 and several powerful aftershocks since.
Attention in christchurch is shifting to reconstruction
Demolition and ‘blueprinting’ work has already been taking place since but now attention is shifting to reconstruction.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton hailed 2013 as ‘the year of the Christchurch rebuild’.
He said: ‘Christchurch residents can take heart that their hard work and ideas are coming to fruition.’
The overall recovery plan envisages a greener, more accessible city with a compact core, stronger built identity and greater focus on people and nature.
The Avon river flows through the centre of the city and is set to be used to define Christchurch’s new river precinct.