Blueprint for Christchurch unveiled

8:10 pm on 30 July 2012

The recovery plans for Christchurch's central business district have been released, and contain a blueprint for a smaller, greener central city which the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister says will set it apart from any other urban centres.

Gerry Brownlee, along with the prime minister, unveiled the blueprint at a function in the city on Monday evening.

An artist's impression of the rebuilt Christchurch city.

An artist's impression of the rebuilt Christchurch city. Photo: Christchurch Central Development Unit

The plan outlines facilities for high performance sports, health and innovation and a new 2000 seat convention centre.

Christchurch will be divided into precincts for health, the arts and entertainment, retail and justice and emergency functions.

Mr Brownlee says the Government will acquire land from about 800 central city property owners so that key facilities can go where they are needed.

The Government will fund projects for which it has primary responsibility while projects such as the stadium and convention centre will be funded by the private sector and Christchurch City Council.

Mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, says it is an extraordinary framework for investment.

He says he is confident the council will work with the private sector to fund some of the projects outlined in the plan.

"Bold and innovative" design

Christchurch Central Development Unit director Warwick Isaccs has described the new blueprint for the city, as a bold and innovative design which will restore people's confidence.

Mr Isaccs said the blueprint needed to incorporate anchor projects such asatransport hub and the stadium,while facing challenges, such as available space.

Mr Isaccs says the blueprint aims to lift the confidence of investors as well as residents in Christchurch.

He says it also aims to enhance the remaining heritage of the city and give direction to the new, compact core.

The blueprint was prepared by design firm Boffa Miskell in just 100 days.