Urban village design competition launched

9:45 am on 16 October 2012

A competition to design an urban village has been launched in Christchurch for architects and designers to come up with a creative way to foster inner city living, as part of rebuilding the city.

The winning design will occupy a 10,000 square metre site near Latimer Square and is required to have at least 50 dwellings.

Designs will be judged by a panel headed by the host of the UK television series Grand Designs, Kevin McLoud.

The competition is open until January. It is being run by a group comprising Christchurch City Council, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Christchurch Central Development Unit and Ngai Tahu.

Development of the winning plan will start next year.