Video captures Re:Start Mall's move
It took 75 crane lifts to move more than 100 Re:Start Mall containers, but sleep-deprived contractors made it happen within 10 days.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee today reopened half of Re:Start Mall after 20 retailers shifted from the northern side of the precinct to the southern side, near the Bridge of Remembrance.
Brownlee congratulated the Re:Start the Heart Trust as well as all affected retailers for their ''ongoing commitment'' to the city's retail core.
He said the move would allow a $100 million development, by Cashel Mall landowner Nick Hunt, to go ahead.
The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) provided a $1.27m grant to make the shift possible.
''The mall has been a fantastic drawcard for bringing people back into the central city . . . it's proven so popular that we wanted to see it continue as new permanent development ramps up in the new retail precinct.''
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said words often used to describe the quake city were ''energy, creativity, intelligence and flare''.
''And Re:Start is where it all started.''
She said she could ''feel a sense of momentum building in the city'' and said progress was starting to happen.
Trust chairman John Suckling said Leighs Construction, the project manager, had ''worked around the clock and under very tight deadlines'' to allow retailers to reopen as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, CCDU director Warwick Isaacs also opened the Future Christchurch interactive display.
The new attraction is housed in two containers connected by an atrium and includes more than 50 videos and a recording booth where visitors can give their feedback about the city's recovery and anchor project concepts.
Future Christchurch will be open from 10am to 5pm daily.