Four new venues open by February

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2013
New High St building
Dean Kozanic

NEARING COMPLETION: The striking High St building will become a landmark.

Artists impression for High St building
ARTISTS IMPRESSION: The High St building will open by February.

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Bars and restaurants in Christchurch's newest hospitality destination should be open in just over two months.

The two new adjoining buildings, under construction on the corner of High and Lichfield streets, will be finished after Christmas and welcome their first patrons in early February.

Four new venues will open their doors on the site. Three will be part of Auckland's Britomart Hospitality Group - cocktail bar and nightspot 1885, blues and jazz eatery Orleans, and pizza and beer bar BCC. A fourth bar-restaurant will be run by a local operator.

The buildings' owners are KPI Rothschild, which has spent $13 million on the project.

The new venues will be next door to the Vespa bar, formerly in Poplar Lane, which has just reopened in the Bonningtons building also belonging to KPI Rothschild.

The three buildings will be connected by a central laneway and courtyard.

Upstairs from the new bars will be office tenants Leighs Construction and The IT Team.

The site was previously home to the historic Stranges department store and Glendenning Hill buildings, which were both demolished after the earthquakes.

Spokesman Shaun Stockman said that while the new buildings would be the first finished in the area, with more than 200 office workers, plus hospitality outlets, they would create their own precinct.

"It's shaping up to be a real landmark," he said.

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