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Christchurch housing boom reaches new record high

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A housing boom in resurgent Christchurch has set a new record for the monthly number of houses approved in the Canterbury region

A total of 599 new homes were consented by the South Island district in September – the greatest number since records began in the 1970s.

This number was boosted by a record 309 houses and apartments approved in its capital city Christchurch.

Just 42 approvals were directly attributed to the programme to rebuild Christchurch after the devastating earthquakes of 2011.

But the rebuild programme, which has now seen $1.3bn (£670,000) of work approved, is generating the conditions for growth in the city and wider region.

Canterbury made up almost a third of the total number of approvals across New Zealand. A further quarter came from Auckland.

Across the country, the seasonally adjusted number of new homes, excluding apartments, rose 2.6 per cent in September.

This measure reached its highest level in more than five years, although the rate of increase has begun to slow.

BDP director of architecture Martin Sutcliffe told the AJ earlier this year there were opportunities for UK architects on the scheme to rebuild Christchurch.

The Manchester-based practice has been working with local firm Opus Architecture on design proposals for the city’s Avon River Precinct and so-called East Frame.

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