A grand revitalisation of Cathedral Square

Prior to the 2010 earthquakes, Cathedral Square was the undisputed heart of Christchurch. Now an ambitious crowd-funded project is set to restart that heart, and again make the Square a place for the people. Christchurch businessman and project founder Darin Rainbird explains … Last month I launched a PledgeMe campaign to support my plan to […]

The final curtain

The last demolition in Christchurch’s red zone has come crashing down, ending a massive 10-year clearance programme. During the past decade, the Crown and insurers have carried out more than 7500 demolitions and clearances across about 800ha of red zone land stretching from Waimakariri to Christchurch’s Port Hills. Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand […]

Restoring history: T&A Construction

Christchurch has lost many of its iconic heritage buildings through earthquake damage, so it is particularly special to learn of one that is to be repaired and restored. The building in question is the old municipal chambers on the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, one of Christchurch’s oldest public buildings. Built-in 1887 in […]

Sunday sessions back on

  The former Trinity Congregational Church and Christchurch’s oldest surviving colonial building, Shand’s Emporium, are to gain new life as a microbrewery, an authentic Irish pub and more.     The buildings, on the corner of Worcester and Manchester Streets, are being leased from the Christchurch Heritage Trust (CHT) by the Inkster Company. It plans […]

Spreading its design wings

  The story of Cecil Woods’ 1922 Public Trust Building in Christchurch City has been retold on a fresh slab of architectural elegance thanks to the masterfully clean and uncluttered style of Three Sixty Architecture.     The exciting restoration project won its designers two awards at this year’s The Te Kāhui Whaihanga, New Zealand […]

Spark-ling new streetscape

  The advent of forward-thinking architecture in Christchurch provides consolation for loved structures lost, and forges a new identity for the city as a stylish and technologically advanced urban landscape.   Sheppard and Rout Architects’ graceful Spark building brings almost 500 staff from the suburbs to the centre. Spark sought to play a part in […]