Artist impression of Rauroa Park Artist impression of Rauroa Park
Sod turning on Superlot 4 Sod turning on Superlot 4
Half basketball court Half basketball court
Artist impression Superlot 4 Artist impression Superlot 4
Artist impression of Rauroa Park Artist impression of Rauroa Park
Artist impression of Rauroa Park Artist impression of Rauroa Park
Christchurch East School mural Christchurch East School mural
Sod turning on Superlot 4 Sod turning on Superlot 4
Artist impression of the East Frame public spaces Artist impression of the East Frame public spaces
East Frame Public Space under construction East Frame Public Space under construction
Bird's eye view of the East Frame linear park, residential lots and with Latimer Square to the right Bird's eye view of the East Frame linear park, residential lots and with Latimer Square to the right
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School mural Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School mural
Bird's eye view of Avon Precinct with Margaret Mahy Family Playground (top left) and public park Bird's eye view of Avon Precinct with Margaret Mahy Family Playground (top left) and public park
Artist impression of Access Lane and rain garden Artist impression of Access Lane and rain garden
Artist impression of Cashel Street at East Frame Artist impression of Cashel Street at East Frame
Artist impression of Gloucester Street at East Frame Artist impression of Gloucester Street at East Frame

Project updated: 07/09/2017

East Frame

East Frame

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What

The East Frame will be a new residential area in the heart of the city, built around a large park. It will be enhanced by cafés, restaurants and outdoor entertainment areas.

Why

The East Frame will redefine inner city living in Christchurch and provide attractive choices for people wanting to live centrally. The East Frame is likely to lead to around half again more people living within the four avenues than prior to the earthquakes. This in turn will stimulate other activities and businesses like cafés, restaurants and cultural events – a key goal of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

How

There are two elements to the East Frame Anchor Project: Fletcher Living is designing and constructing approximately 900 townhouses and apartments. Ōtākaro is developing the park and paved areas that will form the third largest open space in central Christchurch.

When

Work on Rauora Park began in late 2016 and will finish early in 2018.

Work on the first residential area (20 homes on the corner of Madras and Hereford Streets) began in March 2017 and will finish in mid-2018.

Who else is involved?

Fletcher Living was awarded the contract to develop the 900 townhouses and apartments.   City Care JFC Joint Venture was awarded the contract to deliver the public spaces.  Contact the Joint Venture by phone on 021 110 1416 or via email at civil@citycare.co.nz

Engagement

There will be opportunities for the public to engage about the visioning of the neighbourhood. 

Funding

The Crown is funding the development of the public spaces. Fletcher Living is funding the development of the homes.

Ngāi Tahu Grand Narrative

This Grand Narrative (16M file) documents the Ngāi Tahu values, customs and traditions relevant to the East Frame and North Frame areas.

More Information
  • Half residential – half open space

    About half of the 14-hectare area will be developed into medium density residential living for around 2000 people. This will be a community focused and safe environment. Fletcher Living has been chosen to develop the neighbourhood with three distinct areas. The Crown has insisted that all homes will be built to high design standards, including Homestar (environmental) and Lifemark (accessibility) certification.

    The other half of the East Frame will be streets, open spaces and paved areas. It will include a central park running north to south with walking and cycling paths, opportunity for community gardens and event spaces to foster vitality in the neighbourhood. The East Frame will be close to many inner city attractions. Commuting within the area and into the city will be easy with shared space walkways and cycling paths, and public transport close by. There will also be convenient vehicle access from adjacent streets.

  • New Neighbourhood

    Fletcher Living was chosen to develop the East Frame residential area. It will design, build, finance and sell the completed development, subject to minimum requirements agreed with the Crown. Fletcher Living’s proposal highlighted three distinct areas that define the character of the different parts of the neighbourhood, supported by small scale commercial development and community facilities:

    • Avon: the river and its generous green space will be the backdrop for this precinct
    • Latimer: This central area will provide sophisticated urban living with elegant streetscapes and laneways 
    • Lichfield: A mix of old and new, with loft living and warehouse styles spaces.
  • Open Space

    The East Frame residential development will borders Rauora Park – the third biggest park in central Christchurch. This distinctively landscaped public space is for local residents and the broader community. As well as ample open space, there will be cosier areas where people can relax, and feel safe and comfortable. With shared pedestrian and cycle paths, the Rauora Park will be easy to move through and around. There will be opportunities for people to provide input into some elements of the open space area.

    The name Rauora signifies ‘well-being’ in a wider, holistic sense. Rau can mean ‘leaves’, ‘greenery’, ‘many’ and ‘gathering’, while Ora indicates health and wellbeing. 

    The new vehicle laneway that runs down the western side of the 660m-long Rauora Park has been given the name - Huanui Lane, which in mana whenua local dialect means ‘pathway’. ‘Hua’ on its own can mean ‘fruit’, ‘flower’, ‘abundance’, as well as ‘asset’ and is consistent with the notion of community wellbeing intended for this area.

Your Questions
  • What type of plants are being used in the landscaping?

    There will be a mix of natives and exotic plantings. This will help to contribute to Christchurch’s identity as a garden city.

    There will be a number of Kowhai trees and Acer rubrum (Red maple) as features trees. Other plantings will be chosen for colour and fragrance.

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