Rebuild planner to be chosen soon

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 05:00 08/05/2012

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Four companies have been short-listed to design and plan Christchurch's central-city rebuild.

Tenders to the Central Christchurch Development Unit (CCDU) to design the architectural, engineering and urban planning elements of the rebuild closed on Friday.

Fifteen conforming proposals were submitted, short-listed to four at the weekend and the finalists interviewed yesterday.

The contract will be awarded tomorrow and announced on Thursday, the same day the successful bidder starts work at the CCDU.

The document is due on July 27.

CCDU chief executive Warwick Isaacs said most of the short-listed bids had "significant international credentials".

Sheppard & Rout architect Jasper van der Lingen said the contenders were likely to be consortiums of several companies.

His company was part of one of the 15 bids, but he would not say with whom.

"A number of groups have been brought together. I know some of them have gone for a mixture of international, national and local representation," van der Lingen said.

"I don't think anyone in New Zealand would have the experience in all the different fields [CCDU] are after."

The 100-day deadline was a "ridiculously short period of time", van der Lingen said.

"They might have some broad brush stuff at the end of this 100-day deadline which will give them some direction but, because of the complexities, I'm sure it'll spill out beyond the 100 days."

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