New design for Hotel Grand Chancellor site
A 50-metre-high accommodation, office and retail complex is being proposed to replace the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
The hotel was one of Christchurch's tallest buildings before it was demolished after the February 2011 earthquake.
The 73m-tall hotel was closed, with 92 redundancies, after the quake and then demolished. At the time, hotel representatives said they were committed to rebuilding on the Cashel St site.
Today, Grand Hotels International group general manager Frank Delli Cicchi told a consent panel that it proposed a mixed-use building with serviced apartment accommodation and retail and office space.
Panel chairman Ken Gimblett and and other panel members questioned the group and Christchurch City Council representatives about the proposed 50.1m height of the replacement building.
The panel heard that the new building, incorporating base isolators as a safeguard against quakes, would take in the footprint of the former hotel and its adjacent car park to have a wider frontage along the City Mall.
The panel comprises three representatives. Gimblett is a representative for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Jasper van der Lingen represents Christchurch City and Huia Reriti represents Ngai Tahu.
The panel is expected to make a decision by early next week.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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