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Christchurch Blueprint

Setting out the spatial framework for the redevelopment of Central Christchurch

The Blueprint for the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan sets the spatial framework for the redevelopment of Central Christchurch. For this significant high profile spatial masterplanning project to be led by a New Zealand landscape architecture consultancy was a milestone for the profession.

The project brief, which was competitively tendered by CERA with strong interest from overseas as well as New Zealand and local based companies, called for the development of a spatial masterplan for the central city to provide certainty for investment and the city’s rebuild.

The project objective was to provide further spatial definition to the work undertaken by Christchurch City Council and its very comprehensive, successful, public engagement process. In so doing, the expectation was that the identified Anchor Projects would provide certainty and confidence for reinvestment in the city and consequently catalyse and provide momentum to recovery.

The focus of the brief was on locating the Anchor Projects – key elements of the city’s public and amenity infrastructure. The opportunity to identify and locate additional Anchor Projects was identified in the brief.

The project team led by Boffa Miskell under the consortium name Blueprint 100 comprised specialist architecture, urban design and architecture practices.

The project had a very short time frame – 100 days from inception to announcement and the Blueprint has received positive acceptance and strong endorsement from all sectors of the Christchurch community.

The facts

ClientChristchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
Project teamRachel de Lambert
Marc Baily
Worked with

Warren & Mahoney (architects)
Sheppard + Rout
Woods Bagot

Project date2012
AwardsLandscape Planning and Environmental Studies NZILA Award of Excellence, 2013 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards
Envisaging Highly Commended, 2012 Urban Design Awards
Urban Design 2014, World Architecture News