Latest update: 29/03/2021

Significant Crown-owned site sold to Mike Greer Group and Peebles Group joint venture

March 2021

Over 100 new homes and new commercial spaces are set to be built on the central city Christchurch land bordered by Gloucester, Madras and Armagh Streets, with Ōtākaro Limited reaching an agreement with a Mike Greer Group and Pebbles Group joint venture to buy the 8145sqm Crown-owned site.

Ōtākaro Chief Executive, John Bridgman, says securing a mixed-use development for such a large site is a fantastic regeneration outcome for the city.

“Having New Zealand’s largest independently-owned home builder partnering with the group behind the Riverside Market, McKenzie and Willis, and Little High Eatery developments means the site will be in the hands of proven performers.”

The purchase price is commercially confidential at this time.

The joint venture plans to build around 111 homes, ranging from two-bedroom apartments over retail spaces, through to three-bedroom townhouses around a communal garden.

Mike Greer says they will now begin more detailed planning for the development, before starting work on site later this year.

“We’re eager to get going as quickly as possible. It’s such a great location that we’ve had our eye on for a long time. We’re pleased that Ōtākaro recognises the value of the private sector to deliver much-needed housing to the central city.”

Listing agent Courtney Doig of Colliers said interest in the site was very strong, indicating the high level of investor confidence in the central city.

“We received nine highly competitive bids – three of those from Auckland parties – and we estimate that there’s still $90 million of unsatisfied demand looking for suitable land in the inner city.”