19 Aug 2015

Street signs to tower above Christchurch

12:10 pm on 19 August 2015

The Christchurch City Council has committed nearly $100,000 for four giant street signs, to help people navigate the central city.

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Photo: Christchurch City Council

The Council said the earthquakes resulted in the city losing central landmarks, which made it difficult for pedestrians to find their way around.

It has set aside $80,000 to $100,000 in this year's budget for four way-finding towers, which will be installed around the city.

The towers will provide maps to key locations, and have space for advertising and solar-powered speakers to play music.

Council urban design manager Carolyn Ingles said locals and visitors told the council they were having trouble finding their way around and this was impacting on their experience.

"We hope the towers will be installed by late October in time for the summer season, they are designed to be completely re-locatable with a life span of at least five years."

Ms Ingles said the 8m high towers could have historic interpretation panels relating to the site or the social history of surrounding area to be added at a later date.

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