Christchurch gets rebuilding advice

9:59 am on 29 August 2011

Christchurch City Council has flown in overseas experts to give advice on how best to rebuild the city.

Eight international speakers, with experience in redeveloping cities and communities, have been giving public talks since Saturday, as well as meeting with the city council to share their knowledge and expertise.

The man who led the rebuilding of central Manchester, England, after a terrorist bombing says Christchurch should resist putting any blanket ban on tall structures as it rebuilds after the earthquake.

The central city's draft plan proposes new buildings be no higher than seven storeys.

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, says while the plan looks promising from an urban design perspective, it should not place an artificial constraint on building heights because that has the potential to hinder business growth.

It's hoped the finalised central city plan will be given to the Government by Christmas.