Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Arcades to revitalise old Crowne Plaza site

23 May 2013

Arcades to revitalise old Crowne Plaza site

A striking temporary structure is set to bring new life to the central city and facilitate events in Christchurch’s former Crowne Plaza site.

Construction of the impressive series of six-metre-high vault-like frames, named The Arcades Project, began on Monday and should be completed by the end of the month. The structures will create two arcades, each consisting of five bays, leading from Victoria Street to the entrance to Victoria Square.

The joint initiative led by the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), architecture graduate Andrew Just and Dr Ryan Reynolds (lecturer in Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Canterbury), and Life in Vacant Spaces will be relocatable and reconfigurable with the potential to enliven vacant sites around the city for the next 25 years.

Arcades designer Andrew Just (also responsible for Artbox) says the forms will give visual and spatial focus to a site and offer a structure for many potential uses. “It is both a dramatic framework for temporary activity on a site and also a piece of urban design offering amenity to the site and its surrounds.”

The Arcades Project’s shapes are inspired by the stone entrance to Canterbury’s Provincial Council Buildings. “The form links to our Gothic Revival heritage while the use of engineered timber hints at a possible architectural future for the city.”

Just says the frames are strong enough to be covered or provide support for electricity and lighting, depending on the events they are hosting. “They are particularly designed with markets in mind, which can be slotted in along the sides. But we also see them inspiring all kinds of pop-up activity, including outdoor performances.

The Arcades will become a key site for the second Festival of Transitional Architecture in October. FESTA director Dr Jessica Halliday says the project could not have happened without a great deal of community support. “Local and national companies have donated significant in-kind support and given advice to make this happen. It really goes to show the incredible goodwill and excitement to make the transitional city a beautiful and lively place.”

Local and national sponsors for The Arcades Project include Hunterbond, Nelson; Christchurch City Council (Transitional City Project Fund); Aurecon; Calcon; Takahe Construction; Smith Crane & Construction; Chapman Engineering; NZ Steel, Steel & Tube; Hirepool; Crown Lift Trucks; NZ Wood; H W Hendriks Sons & Daughter Ltd; Carter Holt Harvey; Fahey Fence Hire; General Cable; Lighting Design (Kevin Cawley); Metaform; Marley; PCL Adhesives; Dryden WoodOil; Arrow International; Blacks Fasteners; Firth; International Coatings; Sign Displays; Lucas Safety; F3 Design and Tradestaff.

The Arcades are available for community and public events by contacting Life in Vacant Spaces.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission...

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

 

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Dunne Accepts Hundreds Of Postcards On Refugee Categories

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees... The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More>>

ALSO:

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news