After a rigorous tender process, Fletcher Residential has been confirmed as the preferred developer to work with the Government on the $800 million East and North Frame residential precinct...
...providing around 940 new townhouses and apartments accommodating up to 2200 residents.
A concept video and images have been released with the proposed developments across the East and North Frames of the Christchurch CBD and broken into three distinct areas of housing, small-scale commercial development and community facilities.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of Fletcher Residential for an exciting new era of inner city living in Christchurch.
"Fletcher Residential has presented an exciting vision of what this new inner city neighbourhood might look like in the years ahead," Mr Brownlee says.
"It will deliver a mix of housing to encourage people at all stages of life to live in the central city.
"There are a whole lot of reasons for people to want to live in these new neighbourhoods, with an expanse of green public space through the middle of the Frame and one of the world’s largest outdoor family playgrounds.
"All this will be only a short walk to the commercial heart of Christchurch and various precincts the central city has to offer.
"Lifting the resident population of the central city will not only add more vibrancy and activity, it will help businesses in the area to flourish."
If the development agreement is confirmed later this year, Fletcher Residential will progressively purchase seven hectares of land in the East and North Frames – between Manchester and Madras Streets, from just north of the Avon River down to Lichfield Street – to develop the housing.
Construction will be spread over eight or nine years, with the first homes expected to be complete within 18 months of a development agreement being signed. That final agreement is expected to be signed by the end of November this year.
"Fletcher Residential will set the prices when the homes go onto market, but most are likely to be within a range of $400,000 and $900,000 – providing opportunity for a range of living situations," Mr Brownlee says.
"The first thing people will see will be the development of the public spaces in the East and North Frame by the Government from later this year."
What will the East Frame offer?
The proximity of the East Frame to the central city will attract a vibrant mix of people, all captivated by the convenience and opportunity of this thriving community and location. Living in the East Frame will mean that you are at the heart of the Christchurch transformation as the city grows and develops to take its place as one of the world’s most modern cities and cement its place as the centre of the South Island.
The East Frame is set on a 14 hectare site between Manchester and Madras Streets, and extends from Lichfield Street in the south to immediately north of the ÅŒtÄkaro/Avon River. It has easy access to a bus super stop on its west, Latimer Square to its East, the Innovation Precinct and CPIT to its south and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground to its North - putting it at the centre of some of the city’s best attractions.
Half of the area will be developed into medium density residential living for approximately 2,200 people in a community focused and safe environment. All homes will require Homestar (environmental) and Lifemark (accessibility) certification and they will meet high design standards. The other half of the East Frame will form open spaces and streets, including a central park running north to south, with walking and cycling paths, community gardens and event spaces ensuring the vitality of the neighbourhood.
Commuting within the Frame and into the city will be easy with shared space walkways and cycling paths and public transport close by.
The East Frame will be a community where people can live, work, learn and play.