Science Alive! may find home in CBD
Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Plans for a new science centre on Christchurch's old railway station site are on hold after suggestions it could be included in the rebuilt central city.
The Central City Development Unit (CCDU), part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, is due to release its blueprint for the central city at the end of the month.
It will outline what and where major infrastructure will be sited within the four avenues.
The Press has learnt the CCDU has approached Science Alive! about the potential for its planned science complex to be based in the central business district.
Concept plans for a national science centre and innovation gallery to replace the 52-year-old railway building in Moorhouse Ave were under way.
Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie confirmed meetings with the CCDU had been held but he could not give details as he was bound by confidentiality.
Petrie said the trust would want to look at all options.
"We would be very excited to be part of a new central Christchurch. We will take any approaches from the likes of the CCDU very seriously because we believe what we have will be a major attraction within a new Christchurch," he said.
"It's important in the rebuild that we look at having new, exciting things that will drive the city forward."
The Science Alive! section of the building was damaged beyond repair in the earthquakes.
Demolition is under way.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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