Architecture firm BDP has completed a concept design study for Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The project, part of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, is being designed and implemented in association with the North and East Frames following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
BDP said the Avon River Precinct, which extends along 3.2km of the river corridor, embraces urban and natural landscapes and will feature Victoria Square, the Terrace and Margaret Mahy’s Amazing Place as well as a new family play area.
The project will restore the health of the river and create a habitat to encourage the return of native birds and aquatic life forms to the central city.
Plans also include creation of a pedestrian promenade, separate cycleway, boardwalks, terracing and improved lighting.
Construction work on Watermark, the first phase of the project, has been completed.
Watermark spans the area on the left bank of the river from the Antigua boatsheds to the Montreal Street Bridge and features habitat and ecological works, a boardwalk, seating, planting and lighting.
Developed and detailed design stages are about to start with the main construction works expected to commence in February 2014.
BDP is a member of a consortium led by Opus International Consulting, working in association with EOS Ecology, a+urban, Royal Associates Architects and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.
The consortium was selected by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in 2012, working in collaboration with Christchurch City Council and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.
Image: The Avon River Precinct extends along 3.2km of the river corridor. Photo: courtesy of BDP.