Design for Botanic Gardens revealed
The Christchurch City Council is close to letting a contract for the construction of a glass-sided entry pavilion for the Botanic Gardens.
Tenders for the pavilion, designed by Auckland architectural firm Pattersons as part of a 2009 nationwide design competition, have closed and the council hopes to appoint a contractor in the next few weeks so work can begin by the end of the year.
The pavilion, estimated to cost $8 million, is being built to mark the 150th anniversary of the Botanic Gardens and will serve as a visitor centre for the more than one million people who visit each year.
Cr Helen Broughton, who was on the panel that selected the winning design, said it was a relief to finally see some progress on the project after the delays forced by the earthquakes.
The pavilion would be a striking addition to the gardens and provide a much-needed facility for public lectures and events, she said.
"I'm just really pleased it's getting off the ground. It's a really exciting design," Broughton said.