Revitalising Christchurch's central city
Boffa Miskell was engaged by the Christchurch City Council to build on the City Lanes Plan (2006), which formed part of the Central City Revitalisation Programme. The Lanes Plan identified the need to develop a lanes inventory, prioritisation tool, and design guide to facilitate and streamline its implementation. This would help to guide Council’s investment and partnering agreements with private developers who were involved in lanes projects. The team consisted of urban designers, landscape architects, planners, architects traffic engineers and GIS/CAD modelling technicians.
The work included:
– Lanes Inventory: A record of the current urban form, scale, function and characteristics of existing Central City lanes was developed with the use of 3D modelling, site photography and record sheets.
– Lanes Policy and Planning Review: Boffa Miskell undertook a review of the relevant Council policies, and bylaws to access their potential impact on the redevelopment of existing lanes or creation of new lanes.
– Lanes Guidelines and Prioritisation: A best practice design guide was developed for lane refurbishment, new development and future management.
The guidelines included the creation of material palettes and typical design details. An interactive assessment method for prioritising lane redevelopment projects was also created to target future Council investment.