Christchurch rebuild designer announced

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 12:03 10/05/2012
Daniel Tobin

Boffa Miskell will be the lead company in a consortium of businesses that will design the central Christchurch rebuild.

Boffa Miskell
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REBUILD DESIGNER: Don Miskell, of Boffa Miskell, at the Christchurch Central Development Unit media briefing this morning.

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A Christchurch consortium has been given just 78 days, and $1m, to come up with a new plan for the city's CBD.

The businesses, led by Boffa Miskell, has been awarded the contract to design the central Christchurch rebuild.

Tenders to the Central Christchurch Development Unit (CCDU) to design the architectural, engineering and urban planning elements of the rebuild closed last Friday, with four companies short-listed.

Boffa Miskell will be the lead company in a consortium that includes representatives from Populous, Woods Bagot, Sheppard & Rout, Warren and Mahoney, and RCP.

The contract, which starts today, is worth about $1m, but additional costs may be identified. The timeframe for deliver of the design document, to focus on anchor projects for the CBD, is short - July 27.

CCDU chief executive Warwick Isaacs said it had been a difficult decision as there were high-calibre applicants.

He said Boffa Miskell and its partners had vast experience in design and planning, which were key components to the development of the central city.

"We have a tight time frame to get the work done, but with the team we have developed with Boffa Miskell I am quite confident that the blueprint development will now be full steam ahead and delivered to the minister on time."

Isaacs said it was clear that there was a desire to rebuild Christchurch as a "modern, green, exciting" city.

He said Boffa Miskell would focus on the anchor projects that would drive the rebuild of the CBD.

Boffa Miskell, which was founded in Christchurch, is an environmental planning and design consultancy business that focuses on sustainability, with offices in Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Shanghai.

The 40-year-old company provides landscape architecture, planning, urban design, ecology and cultural heritage services to a wide range of private and public sector clients.

Boffa Miskill has had a hand in some key New Zealand projects.

Its strongest Canterbury connection was its involvement in designing the new Pegasus Town and the Christchurch central city urban lanes development plan.

The company also helped design and create the Caroline Bay dune walkway at Timaru, the Northern gateway toll road north of Auckland, the Manakau courthouse and Meridian's Project Aqua scheme.

Other projects developed by Boffa Miskell include the Millbrook Resort in Queenstown and the Wynyard Quarter Sustainable Development framework.

Director Don Miskell said the challenge was immense.

He was confident the company's role in the development of the CCDU blueprint would ensure the final product was exciting and forward-thinking, as Cantabrians had indicated they wanted.

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