Property developer Shaun Stockman, the man behind high profile Christchurch rebuild projects such as Stranges Lane on High Street and Kensington House on Manchester Street, is urging people back to the city.
He believes people are the heart of any central city and says being part of a vibrant, thriving central city is the driving force behind his reason to rebuild in Christchurch.
“People are the fabric of life in a city, and living centrally is a great way to really connect with others. Living, working and playing centrally creates a great vibe, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to as the rebuild continues.”
Mr Stockman is proud that his developments are a contribution to the creation of a great central city. He says the development of the hospitality hub Strange’s Lane has been a long process but is happy to have made his mark on High Street.
“With its smaller footprint, the new CBD will be better than before. As we see all of the next developments coming to life, it’s hard not to be excited about central Christchurch,” he says.
“It’s a shame that there are people who still have not been back to the central city to see what’s happening. I’d suggest people get back in and have a look.”
The Live Central campaign encourages inner city living and has a target of 20,000 residents in central Christchurch by 2025. Mr Stockman supports the campaign and is advising people considering living in the central city that it’s simple. If you're thinking of moving – “do it” says Stockman.
“Enjoy the buzz of living centrally. It’s a perfect place to be for people who want an easy care lifestyle and there is something for everyone. The new city is a playground – just get stuck in!”
He is also involved in other exciting developments such as the Bonnington House renovations (Vespa bar and offices), the new Kilmore Street building (restaurant, award-winning hairdressers and offices) and Kensington House on Manchester Street (a 1930’s art deco building to be fully refurbished this winter to house business and hospitality space opposite the East Frame residential project).
Source: KPI Rothschild, Stockman Group Limited