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Retail vision emerging in central city By Christine de FeliCe

the concept of the $140 million retail precinct was for it to become the heart The redevelopment of the central of the rebuilt city, and a benchmark for its city’s retail sector is bringing innovation retail and hospitality sectors. and a real sense of fresh beginnings for The largest private development in Christchurch, with both established retailers and newcomers contributing to central Christchurch, it covers 44,000 sqm across several levels within the the exciting new mix. hectare block between Cashel Mall and As Colliers International national retail Colombo, Lichfield and High streets. director Evan Harris says, the earthquakes When fully operational, it will feature have delivered “a unique opportunity to 14,000sqm of retail and hospitality along reinvent central city retailing”. with a further 5000 sqm of commercial “The private sector has invested heavily space. With its integrated 630-space in our CBD and is delivering a world-class carpark building, it is the city’s only new retail offering,” Mr Harris says. large-scale retail development with on“We’re now getting a strong site parking. concentration as well as a great mix of After watching the precinct take local, national and international retailers, shape over the last two and a half years, right in the heart of the CBD. While it’s city shoppers will be keen to visit the taken a lot longer than anyone could have international fashion retailer H&M which predicted, the vision set in the original opened on Saturday, September 9 at The inner-city Blueprint is really starting to Crossing, marking the first of what will emerge.” be a series of stages opening over the coming months. A key aspect of the overall scenario is The Crossing. Built by the Carter Group, When H&M announced its decision,

Philip Carter of the Carter Group said it was “great news for the city”, and that H&M’s presence would have a “positive impact on attracting local residents and tourists to the central city’s new retail precinct”. Also due to open early this month at The Crossing is Australian fashion retail brand, Seed Heritage. There are almost 300 Seed Heritage outlets across Australia, Asia and New Zealand, with the brand known for its monthly collections catering for women of all ages, as well as teens, children and babies.

has been carefully integrated into the overall design of The Crossing. Other high-profile international fashion retail tenants at The Crossing will include Country Road and its sister retail brands Trenery and Witchery.

In addition to fashion, The Crossing will offer a range of service-related businesses including the ASB bank, which will be located in new, purpose-built premises on the corner of Cashel and High streets. The bank will provide the latest digital banking services including 24-hour automated ‘express banking’ transaction The Crossing will be its first Christchurch and business banking, Smart ATMs, and location, and it has opted for the retail video access to banking experts. precinct’s corner site, previously home to The Crossing is already home to the former Arthur Barnett’s department store and Beath’s department store prior Christchurch’s first-ever central city supermarket – FreshChoice City Market, to that. owned by Neville and Heather Brown. The historic façade behind which Seed Not just your usual supermarket, this is a Heritage will be sited dates back to 1933, new concept store with many additional and is one of the few building frontages of features including an in-store café, live that period to have survived the quakes. entertainment, and fully qualified chefs Following extensive strengthening and preparing food for people living and restoration work, the exterior structure working in the city.

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“Just a few blocks from the Gallery, on Manchester Street, a young Lye kicked an empty kerosene can around his backyard on a sunny day. It was the resulting flash of light and thunder-like boom from that can that would provide the inspiration for the rest The exhibition is of his life’s work—a career presented in partnership committed to the ‘art of movement’,” with the Len Lye Foundation, GovettBrewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, says Strongman. and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder is Christchurch Art Gallery senior on display at Christchurch Art Gallery curator Lara Strongman says the show until 26 November 2017. Entry is free. TO F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T T H E S E E V E N T S AND BOOK TICKETS PLEASE VISIT OUT WEBSITE AT B A L L A N T Y N E S . C O . N Z / FA S H I O N W E E K OR CALL 0800 656 400

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CITY CENTRE A scene from Sister Act

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The restored Isaac Theatre Royal in Gloucester directed the Showbiz Christchurch season of Monty Street is again the venue for an exhilirating Showbiz Python’s Spamalot in 2015. Christchurch production. Sara has extensive directorial experience including The final production in the company’s 2017 season, over 80 productions for theatre companies throughout Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy, follows the Australasia. exploits of 1970s wannabe disco diva Deloris Van The score of rousing gospel and lively disco music Cartier as she escapes from her gangster boyfriend. is by Alan Menken, a Tony and eight-time Oscar Having witnessed him commit a murder she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure winner, whose scores include Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors, she won’t be a found: a convent! and is directed by musician and composer Matthew Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds Everingham. with the rigid lifestyle of the nuns and their uptight Monique Clementson plays Deloris, the role Mother Superior. using her unique disco moves and singing talent, she inspires the nuns to create a more she recently performed in the Invercargill Musical contemporary choir and they become the hit of the Theatre’s production of Sister Act. community. Nick Purdie performs the role of the gangster boyfriend, Curtis Jackson. He played alongside Word of their success reaches her ex-boyfriend Curtis, who arrives with his gang to settle the score Clementson as Cop and love interest ‘Sweaty’ Eddie in the Invercargill production. Jackson’s gang is played with Deloris. by Chris Symon (TJ), Blair McHugh (Joey) and Rychalo Sister Act is directed and choreographed by New Thompson (Pablo). Matt McMenamin performs the Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Sara Brodie, who role of Eddie.

Charlotte Taylor and Greta Casey-Solly complete Deloris’s cabaret trio in the roles of Michelle and Tina. Veteran musical theatre and cabaret entertainer Sarah Greenwood-Buchanan steps back on stage as Mother Superior. Her most recent supporting lead role was as Tanya in the sell-out Showbiz season of Mamma Mia! The principal nuns are Hannah Falconer (Sister Mary Robert), kate Taylor (Sister Mary Patrick), Nickie Wellbourn (Sister Mary Lazarus), Anne-Marie Cotton (Sister Mary Martin of Tours) and Glenda Bailey (Sister Mary Theresa). Ian Lester plays Monsignor O’Hara and Raoul Neave appears as the Pope. Clementson and Purdie are joined on-stage by a cast of more than 50 nuns, gangsters, altar boys, singers, dancers and musicians to create a stunning looking and sounding show with all the pizzazz of Broadway. The Showbiz Christchurch production of Sister Act - A Divine Musical Comedy is on at the Isaac Theatre Royal until 23 September.


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s i g n i F i C a n t d e s i g n e l e m e n t s F e at u r e on new preCinCt

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coloured frit has been applied to the external glazing.

A key rebuild project in the Christchurch CBD is While both of the installations are beautiful in their Court and tribunal services and the emergency the impressive-looking Justice & Emergency Services services are all expected to be operational from the own right, they each serve very practical purposes. Precinct on the block bounded by Lichfield, Colombo, precinct later this year, and prior to this, there will be a The cloak façade (kākahu) transforms a functional Tuam and Durham streets. public open day, allowing Cantabrians to have a look building into something very special in the heart of the around the new facilities, the spokesperson says. Designed by Warren and Mahoney in association city. This supports a council urban design requirement with Cox Architecture and Opus Architecture, and with Featured on the precinct’s facade are two significant for the treatment of buildings of this nature in the CBD. Fletcher Construction Company the lead contractor, and visually striking Ngāi Tahu design elements, which The glass frit, as well as enhancing the general this $300 million purpose-built complex is not only a are the work of contemporary artist Lonnie Hutchison appearance of the building, provides a mechanism substantial architectural feature of the central city, it (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hāmoa). to control internal temperatures from direct sunlight, will also bring a large workforce into the city every day. The first is an eight-metre-high, 36m long aluminium while at the same time providing screened transparency According to a Ministry of Justice spokesperson, it will accommodate 1000 court, tribunal and emergency kākahu façade (traditional feather cloak) that wraps and natural light into the courtrooms. services staff, with a further 1000 people projected to around the first floor of the car park for operational A pounamu touchstone was also unveiled at the vehicles on Tuam St. The kākahu façade design is visit the precinct on a daily basis. Precinct blessing on July 27. The mauri stone sits on a inspired by the endangered kākapo parrot, and the The precinct covers approximately 40,000 sqm anodised metallic cloak represents the striking hues of plinth in the Justice Building atrium. of floor space across five floors and will house the the kākapo’s feathers. It was gifted from Ngāti Waewae, a Ngāi Tahu hapū Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Department based on the West Coast, to the Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapū, The second is a huia feather frit, which has been who have mana whenua over Christchurch city. of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John New Zealand, Ministry of Civil Defence and applied to the glazing of five, two-storey window It has been named ‘E Toru Ngā Mea’, after the waiata, Emergency Management, Canterbury Civil Defence bays running the length of the precinct’s Durham and Emergency Management Group, and Christchurch Street frontage. A printed gold frit has been applied to which refers to the three principles of Whakapono, City Council Civil Defence and Emergency the interior glazing, while a more noticeable cream- Tūmanako and Aroha – faith, hope and love.

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m o r e C a r pa r k s to m e e t d e m a n d in the Central City Spring is in the air and with it comes 2017 shows sites providing for all-day the opening of the Lichfield St car park. commuter parking have high occupancy The car park is expected to open late rates and short-stay dedicated sites October, offering 804 new car parks, are also indicating a steadily growing including 24 disability parking spaces occupancy. and 10 charging parks for electric Several new central city car parking vehicles. Further electric charging bays buildings have opened this year can be added in the future as more including the West End, The Crossing people convert to electric vehicles. and the Hereford St car park, adding to New technology will help drivers the supply of both short and long-term easily locate car parks with electronic parking sites. signage using green and red lights to Changes are also coming this spring show car park availability. to the council’s on-street metered Transport operations manager Aaron parking with a move from a pay and Haymes says the Lichfield St car park display system to pay by plate system. will provide easy connections to Ballantynes, the Guthrey Centre and “We need to upgrade the parking meter City Mall. system to bring it up to international “There are more lifts and pay stations security standards. The pay by plate than the former car park building and system will allow us to take advantage the ground floor will host a range of of new technology to manage parking hospitality and retail businesses. Drivers and provide a quicker, more efficient will be able to benefit from the new system for drivers,” Mr Haymes says. car park location technology, helping “The pay by plate system means you them to quickly and easily locate a park will no longer need to return to your car before taking a leisurely stroll through to place a paper ticket on the dashboard the ground floor shopping precinct.” after paying for your parking. Just The opening of this car park comes at enter your licence plate number into a time when parking in the central city is the machine, make your payment and increasing in demand. you’re away. Payment can be made by An analysis of council-managed sites coin, card (including contactless cards) in the period of May to July in 2016 and or by text to pay.”

Christchurch City Council transport operations manager Aaron Haymes outside the new Lichfield Street car park building

• By October the council will manage 3023 paid central city car parks, including 1194 off-street spaces. Private sector manages 7204 off-street car parks (including parking facilities). • Occupancy in council-managed off-street car parking measured over a three-month period has increased significantly from 2016 to 2017. • The pay by plate system will save 1.5 million tickets or 800 kg of paper annually from entering the Christchurch waste stream and littering streets.

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As Christchurch’s inner city landscape unfolds, two finalist shortlistings in the heritage section of the the New Zealand Architecture Awards judges awards. have recognised a number of restoration and new The Diver Apartment on Victoria St has earned architectural projects as finalists in its annual awards. architectural firm MAP a finalist position for its interior The BNZ central city project, now a key landmark in architecture. This modern suburban dwelling has been the retail precinct of the central city, was designed by enhanced with soft, smokey hues contrasted against Sheppard & Rout Architects. Opened last year, it is a sharp modern lines. mixed-use development with retail, commercial and There were a total of 51 New Zealand projects hospitality tenancies. Its design has been recognised in shortlisted for the awards, with eight of them from the Planning & urban section of the awards. Christchurch. The Christchurch Arts Centre Clock Tower and The The convenor of the awards jury, Arrowtown Christchurch Club, were both significantly damaged during the earthquakes. Both of these historically architect Louise Wright, said the relatively high number cherished buildings had their restorations designed of shortlisted projects was testament to a strong year by Warren and Mahoney Architects – gaining the firm in New Zealand architecture.

“The range and quality of recent architecture projects made it difficult to decide what to leave off the shortlist,” said Wright. She and fellow jury members, Auckland architects Lance Herbst and Jack Mckinney and Australian architect kerry Clare, will visit all of the shortlisted projects to decide the winners. “Auckland architecture is evidently booming and it’s good to see a stream of strong projects emerging in Christchurch,” Wright said. “The jury is also pleased that there are strong award contenders in the public architecture category.” The winners of this year’s New Zealand Architecture Awards will be announced in Auckland on November 10.

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