Project updated: 10/10/2017
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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.
Work on Rauora Park began in late 2016 and was completed in December 2017.
Work on the first residential area (20 homes on the corner of Madras and Hereford Streets) began in March 2017 and will finish around September 2018.
Earthworks are underway on the site of another 94 homes on the corner of Madras and Lichfield Streets.
Who else is involved?
There will be opportunities for the public to engage about the visioning of the neighbourhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christchurch gets a new park for Christmas
Rauora Park, the new public space at the heart of the East Frame, will be open for the public to enjoy from Tuesday, 19 December.Read More
New CBD youth space for Christchurch
Located on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield streets, the space is the start of an initiative aimed at activating parcels of vacant land within the East Frame.Read More
Developer for 224 Cashel Street confirmed
Ōtākaro Limited has selected Studio D4, led by Patrick Fontein, as the preferred developer for the building at 224 Cashel St (former IRD building) and the Cashel Chambers and carpark.Read More
Landscaping of CTV site to begin soon
Landscaping of the former site of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building will begin next week.Read More
East Frame public space named
Christchurch's third largest public space has been given its name - Rauora Park.Read More
Start of construction of East Frame homes rounds out first year for Ōtākaro Limited
Construction beginning on the East Frame Residential Anchor Project means there is physical work happening on all committed Crown-led projects in Central Christchurch.Read More
Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame
Students aged between four and 15 from two Christchurch schools have designed a 130 metre mural to help bring to life the East Frame while construction of the public space is carried out.Read More
Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017
Construction of the first apartments in the East Frame Residential Development will begin in late March/early April 2017.Read More
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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.