Construction dates set for CCDU anchor projects
Construction dates have been set for the city centre's eastern and southern frames, the Square and the Performing Arts Precinct - and all are expected to be completed within about three years.
The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) today released updated timelines for their anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
Most of the completion dates for the projects remain unchanged, however the Central Library will now be completed in late 2016 rather than mid-2016.
Half of the city's frame now has a 2015 date for completion.
The south frame will begin construction in mid to late 2014, and is expected to be finished in mid-2015.
Construction on the east frame will start at the same time, for completion in mid to late 2015.
The Performing Arts Precinct, which previously required more work to determine a completion date, is now set for construction to start in mid-2014 and to finish in late 2016.
The Square is set to be finished in early 2016.
The updated timelines have been released to give "more certainty to business owners, investors, those in the construction industries, and the people of greater Christchurch".
The release comes after indicative project timelines were publicised earlier this month.
More information has been able to be released due to the recent cost-sharing announcement between the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, which outlined the funding split and project leadership for the work.
CCDU director Warwick Isaacs said coordination of large projects for delivery over similar timeframes was a "major undertaking".
"These anchor projects are large and expensive undertakings, and as people can appreciate it takes time to plan projects that will stand the test of time," he said.
"As people will see in the timelines released today, we can look forward to seeing construction getting underway on most of the anchor projects this year or next, and completion of some by 2015."
The design phase and early construction work is now underway for the Avon River Precinct, including the north frame and the Margaret Mahy Amazing Place playground.
The east frame is in its design phase.
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