Worker village planned for St Albans

Last updated 15:40 01/02/2013

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Up to 200 rebuild workers will be housed in a temporary village on the old Orion site in St Albans.

Christchurch company JGM Group has obtained planning permission to build a complex of relocatable one-bedroom units on the corner of Madras and Canon streets to accommodate construction workers and others involved in the rebuild.

The complex will be known as Cressy Village and will include communal facilities such as a gym, cafe, dining hall and bar. 

There will be 24-hour security on-site, with swipe-card access to the facility and alcohol controls.

Tenants will have to complete background checks before moving in.

The construction company they work for will have to sign the tenancy, with any misbehaviour treated as an employment issue. 

A Christchurch City Council newsletter sent to St Albans residents informing them of plans for the village says all the buildings on the site will be relocatable and it was expected the site would be cleared of temporary buildings by 2022.

Cressy Village is the first of several temporary villages the JGM Group plans to build around Christchurch to house rebuild workers. 

It is estimated that up to 36,000 skilled construction and support workers will be needed in Christchurch at the peak of the rebuild.

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