Looking ahead from Christchurch

The scope of design projects based in our Christchurch office is broadening again as the focus shifts from immediate earthquake recovery to development projects in Christchurch and the South Island.

“We’ve been pleased to assist clients realise their projects through a turbulent time,” says Nik Kneale, Christchurch design team leader. “Now, we’re working with clients and consultants on some exciting projects that are looking positively ahead, such as the St Margaret’s College master plan in Christchurch, the St Clair Hotel in Dunedin and public space design in Balclutha town centre.” A brief sample of the team’s recent design projects follows.

Hazeldean Business Park: Partially developed before the earthquakes, work has resumed on this commercial site in Addington, an area now abuzz with activity in post-EQ Christchurch. In addition to the master planning and design and supervision of landscape works, Boffa Miskell is now also helping the developer, Calder Stewart Industries, to manage the earthquake repairs.

Russley Retirement Village: Boffa Miskell was first engaged by Retirement Assets Limited in 2007 to produce the landscape assessment, master plan and visual simulations included in the successful resource consent application for this popular housing complex. Since then the design team has designed and supervised all the landscape works in the village’s progressive development, which is now at Stage 9.

Christchurch City Mission: Recently opened by the Governor General, this purpose-built facility was designed before and built during the earthquake period. Boffa Miskell, working with Wilkie + Bruce Architects, was responsible for designing and supervising the construction of the outdoor environment. ‘The Mish’, as it is affectionately known to its clients, provides many social services to a wide range of client groups. Careful consideration for safety was needed at all stages and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) was used in the landscape design to manage the numerous safety risks posed to staff, clients and the public within and around the facility’s grounds.“We were proud to assist such a well-respected social service organisation to achieve a successful outcome,” Nik says.

3 April 2013