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New Zealand unveils Christchurch CBD reconstruction plans

30 Jul 2012 (Last Updated July 30th, 2012 18:30)

The New Zealand Government has unveiled plans for reconstruction of the earthquake hit Christchurch central business district (CBD).

The New Zealand Government has unveiled plans for reconstruction of the earthquake hit Christchurch central business district (CBD).

In February 2011, the city of Christchurch was hit by an earthquake that destroyed homes and buildings.

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has created the plans, which detail a CBD with a redeveloped city square within a L-shaped green space.

The plans include an art stadium, a metro sports facility and a new 2000-seat convention centre, as well as public amenities such as the hospital, courts and education facilities.

The city will be divided into zones for health, arts and entertainment, retail, and the justice and emergency facilities.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said that the redevelopment and rebuild of Christchurch is important not just for residents and businesses, but to the rest of the country.

"The new-look city centre will be home to a variety of attractions," Key said.

"Its central focus will be on the core of the city – it will be an area that will once again be a vibrant hub with business, retail, and residential development as well as relaxation spaces."

As per the plans, the low density open space eastern frame will span from Kilmore Street to Saint Asaph Street on land between Madras and Manchester Streets.

New urban living apartments are anticipated to be developed along the edge of the low density open space eastern frame.

The southern part of the frame will be developed into a campus-style area which will feature a walkway and cycleway, starting from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue.

The sports facility will include an aquatic and indoor arena, which will host national and international events, as well existing as a training facility.

The new convention centre will link the square to the Avon River Precinct and will give a boost to hotel investment.