City Blueprint

Councillor slams blueprint detail delay

Yani Johanson

Repeated delays in releasing information behind the blueprint for the rebuild of central Christchurch are "ridiculous", a city councillor says.

Work on new pool to start 2013


Authorities want work to begin on Christchurch's new sports facility next year - but haven't got the land needed yet.

Christmas deadline unlikely to be met

New Regent St Sep 25

New Regent St is unlikely to be open in time for the Christmas shopping rush after an engineering dispute delayed consent.

Unwilling landowners to get ultimatum

Roger Sutton

Landowners unwilling to negotiate on blueprint buyouts will be told, "This is the offer, have a nice day", Roger Sutton says.

Owners try to slow land acquisition process

Ernest Duval

Property owners opposed to the Government's plans to acquire their land are trying to slow down the acquisition process.

Blueprint 'land grab' under fire

Christchurch 100-day plan

The Government buy-up for the city blueprint has been described as a "land grab".

Cycle plan spins Sutton's wheels

roger sutton cycle strap

Plans for a bike-friendly central Christchurch are spinning the wheels of cycling advocates.

Eastern property values to jump

property sign

Christchurch's new blueprint looks likely to cause a jump in property values in the east.

Cultural centre plans under wraps


Ngai Tahu is keeping quiet on its plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square.

Social housing left out of city plan

Social housing

Welfare agencies are stunned that the Christchurch recovery blueprint has bypassed social housing.

Smaller facilities eyed to cut costs

John Key

Smaller civic facilities could be on the cards for Christchurch.

'On the edge of nothing'

City plan puts Bicycle Thief expansion on hold

Bicycle Thief

Richard Middleton planned to expand his central-city bar, but the Government's recovery plan has left it ''on the edge of nothing''.

McKenzie & Willis out

McKenzie and Willis

The CBD blueprint has terminated any possibility of furniture store McKenzie and Willis returning to the central city, but the business owners are unfazed.

Private hospitals intend to stay on existing sites


Private investment will be vital for Christchurch's new health precinct, but the city's private hospitals have no plans to leave their sites.

$600m hospital plan awaits nod


Canterbury's planned $600 million hospital redevelopment is still awaiting Government approval despite the project being at the core of the new central-city health precinct.

Car dealers don't fit in city plan

Car dealers await import case ruling.

Car dealers in the new central-city "frame" appear to be at odds with the Government's recovery plan.

Engineers' building targeted

Kirk Roberts

The first large post-earthquake commercial building in central Christchurch looks set to be demolished to make way for the city's stadium.

Richlister Carter backs city plan

Philip Carter

Christchurch's richest man is backing the central-city plan and has dropped hints about investing in the new convention centre.

Owners unhappy with plans

'This is a dictatorship we're living in'

Sharon Ng

The Government has done nothing to rebuild Christchurch but is now threatening to demolish good buildings, a co-owner of the Ng building says.

Hefty bill for ratepayers

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

The lack of communication over how ratepayers can bankroll Christchurch's new facilities has been slammed. + $220m for convention centre

Nightclub owner upset at blueprint

Ministry nightclub

A Christchurch businessman has run into a brick wall over plans to retain his nightclub.

Extend safe routes to suburbs, say cyclists


Cyclists are pleased with plans for "continous and safe cycle routes" in central Christchurch but want designs to extend to the suburbs.

CBD bars to open despite blueprint

The CBD bar co-owner Joseph Shanks

A Madras St bar will open this month as planned, even though its land is earmarked for the new stadium.

Centre tipped to cost $220m


The cost of a bigger Christchurch convention centre is being estimated at $220 million.

Blueprint offers energy-sharing incentive


Central Christchurch's recovery blueprint may be the incentive needed to get overseas energy companies to build and operate a district energy scheme.

Green CBD 'falls short'

Christchurch 100-day plan

The greening of the future central Christchurch is a good start but appears not to go far enough, environmental advocates say.

Central-city tenants keen to return

To Rent

Businesses forced out of the central city after the February 2011 earthquake are queuing up to return.

Strip club vows to fight move

'Knocking down our building makes no sense'

Calendar Girls reopens

Calendar Girls says it will fight the Government through the courts if it tries to demolish its building.

'The frame' in place by 2013

Richard Peebles

The frame of parkland encircling the central city will be in place by early 2013, John Key hopes.

Green Party fears Chch asset sales

cash strap

The Green Party fears Christchurch's new facilities will come at the cost of selling public assets.

Pressure to sell assets

Gerry Brownlee

The Christchurch City Council is now under pressure to sell assets to fund its share of the rebuild.

Key backs stadium

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

A covered stadium is "the right step" for Christchurch, says John Key, speaking at a ceremonial tree-planting today.

Attracting private sector to rebuild


A new agency has been set up to encourage the private sector to contribute billions of dollars toward the city's rebuild.

Buck calls for more public input

Former Christchurch mayor Vicki Buck

Christchurch residents need to have more of a say in progressing the city blueprint from here, former mayor Vicki Buck says.

Design experts set standard

Warwick Isaacs

A three-party urban design panel will consider every building consent application in central Christchurch.

'Exciting future' for new city


Christchurch's new city centre will be compact and low rise, with all key facilities between the Avon River and a new green 'frame'.

Investors sought for rebuild


The hunt is on for private investors to help pay for the Government's bold plan to shrink Christchurch's city centre and build a swath of new civic assets.

Up to 840 properties may be bought


As many as 840 properties will need to be purchased to turn the government's plans for rebuilding Christchurch's city centre into reality.

Courts, police, fire, ambulance join forces

scales of justice thumbnail

The home of justice in Christchurch - the Durham Street courts - is on the move.

Blueprint is 'a bold vision' - Parker

The release of the new city blueprint is a day to celebrate say city leaders who describe it as 'bold' and 'positive'.

Warwick Isaacs: Blueprint a mammoth task

Warwick Isaacs

OPINION: It was a source of great pride to see the Prime Minister launch the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan last night, writes Warwick Isaacs, director of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU).

The end of the worst, beginning of the best

Gerry Brownlee

OPINION: The end of Christchurch's worst days and the beginning of its best.

New pool near Hagley Park

Centennial Pool

Christchurch's sporting and leisure needs will be catered for by a new metro sports facility near Hagley Park.

Square remains the city's heart


Cathedral Square stays as the civic heart of Christchurch under the rebuild plan but will get a make-over.

Performing arts hub planned

Red Bus

A performing arts hub is planned, and the temporary bus exchange in Lichfield St will gain permanency.

No decision on earthquake memorial

quake strap

An international design competition will decide what form the eartthquake memorial will take.

Central location for convention centre

Christchurch Convention Centre

The convention centre comes to the centre of town, shifting from its old Kilmore St site to the north western edge of Cathedral Square.

City centre to be enclosed in green

Avon River

Christchurch's city centre will be enclosed in a green boundary made up of the Avon river and a bold new concept dubbed "the Frame".

Does it live up to the city's hopes?

Share an Idea

Christchurch was promised a plan that would deliver on the city council's vision for the CBD, drawn up after the biggest consultation process in its history.

Rebuild must be underway in 3 years

Warwick Isaacs

The dust clouds from buildings felled by the February 22 quake were barely settled when it became clear a major rebuild of Christchurch's CBD was on the cards.

A new pool and river park are key projects

Avon River

Green spaces and the Avon River will frame a new-look central city, with a new public pool and convention centre among the first projects to get off the ground.

City blueprint out today


Christchurch's new city centre will be ''livable'', compact and green, says John Key. Full details on at 6pm.

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