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Christchurch City Mall designers appointed

Christchurch City Mall designers appointed

Isthmus Group has been appointed by the Christchurch City Council as the lead consultants to develop options and concepts for the proposed new City Mall.

The design team will be introduced to stakeholders and the public on Thursday 30 March, 3pm to 5pm at Our City O-Tautahi, corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Boulevard.

The Isthmus Group was one of nine which submitted a design proposal to the Council late last year for the City Mall redevelopment.

Its urban design and landscape architecture work in cities such as Wellington, Hastings and New Plymouth has won national awards from the Ministry of Environment, Creative New Zealand and NZ Institute of Landscape Architects in recent years.

Over the next months the Isthmus Group, in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council, will be undertaking a consultation process to determine desires and aspirations for the area.

“Renewing the City Mall is an essential part of the bigger picture,” said Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore. “It is linked to traffic management changes, public transport planning and Central City revitalisation. As the Central City is vital to Christchurch’s well-being, this is an important project.”

The consultation process will run parallel with the design process to produce several big picture ideas, from which the main design will be drawn.

“We are aware that this project is about much more than creating an attractive area,” Garth Falconer, of Isthmus Group said. ”The facility is at the heart of the city and it is essential that it works as a public space and a retail and business centre.”

“To make sure we have the necessary skills required for this project we have contracted a retail consultant from Adelaide, David West, architects Warren and Mahoney, Traffic Design Group, Premier Lighting Consultants, Planit Planners and PR South.”

The Council is keen to engage with all the users and stakeholders over this process to develop exciting concepts and options for the City Mall, says Ian Hay, General Manager, Strategic Development, Christchurch City Council.

“We believe it will be a catalyst for renewed energy and vitality in the Central City and the impact will be positive for the city as a whole.”

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