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Old April 3rd, 2017, 12:04 PM   #2861
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Old April 7th, 2017, 10:52 PM   #2862
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The happening precinct: Map of central Christchurch's Health Precinct finally clear



Map of the precinct: (2) Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building, opening 2018. (3) Terrace House, existing small office block leased by Otago University. (4) New Health Research and Education Facility (HREF) under construction. (5) Pegasus Arms bar and restaurant, staying as is. (6) Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust drug trials building. Potential redevelopment site when trust moves across road. (7) Old Tillmans furniture store site owned by Otago University. Likely to be developed as the medical school's research and admin block. (8) New CDHB headquarters in the former Deloitte office, renovated by Countrywide Property in 2016. (9) Vacant Oxford Clinic site bought by the Crown. The hope is to attract a multinational medical industry tenant to build there. (10) An early suggested location for a new hospital car park. Current status unclear. (11) Former Archibalds office. Now being rebuilt with car sales on ground and three floors of health tenants above.


Suddenly, after thinking it might be a bit of a fizzer, three buildings are coming out of the ground at Te Papa Hauora, the promised health innovation precinct by Christchurch Hospital. "In 2017, I'm incredibly optimistic because I can see cranes everywhere," says Dr Ian Town, the asthma researcher and university manager who now chairs the Health Precinct Advisory Council. Town admits there are some significant gaps and some changed thinking. For instance an actual Health Research Institute building – a whizzy lab for hot medical tech start-ups – looks off the cards now. It is going to be more a "virtual academy" deal. Also, the Tuam St car yards – Archibalds and Miles – remain, at least for the moment. But three sites are on the go, says Town. Directly across from Christchurch Hospital, the diggers have made their start on the hospital's new $72 million, five-storey, outpatient building in Oxford Tce. Christchurch residents are going to become very familiar with that, Town says, because it is bringing together a whole collection of clinics – for diabetes, endocrine disorders, ophthalmology and dentistry – and will handle nearly 400,000 patient visits a year. Then next door – starting the prestige strip of buildings overlooking the soon-to-be pedestrianised frontage of the Avon River – is the $70m, seven-level, Health Research and Education Facility (HREF). It will be flash if the architect drawings are anything to go by. And it will combine the staff training and research of three institutions – the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Ara Institute, and University of Canterbury. A joint venture that Town says is more adventurous than you might think. Then third – again showing there is a spirit of working together – is the redevelopment of the earthquake-damaged Archibalds car sales office on the corner of Antigua and Tuam Sts. Archibalds is keeping a ground floor show room for itself. The car yards really don't want to budge. But on the levels upstairs will be health tenants – a modern space for the likes of the international drugs trial specialist, the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust (CCST). So it is all happening just as the Government and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) promised it would. Well actually, concedes Town, it has gone far slower, taken some detours, and become more of a local effort than envisaged. But really – as a long-term economic driver of the city – the Health Precinct is now in a position to deliver on its promise of being the single most significant development to come out of the earthquakes. It could be the money-maker. Town says Christchurch has always been a natural laboratory for health innovation. "There is something very unique about Christchurch in terms of its size. We've got a catchment population of just over half a million. And we've got one tertiary-teaching hospital, the medical school, a leading university and a wonderful polytech, all in a compact region." Compare that to Auckland with its three rival health boards and spread-out geography, he says. But despite its excellent reputation and long history of pioneering research, Christchurch has never really capitalised on turning its medical know-how into exportable services and products, says Town. Commercialisation has not been a priority. And that is what the new Health Precinct is meant to change.

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Old April 7th, 2017, 11:17 PM   #2863
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The happening precinct: Map of central Christchurch's Health Precinct finally clear



Map of the precinct: (2) Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building, opening 2018. (3) Terrace House, existing small office block leased by Otago University. (4) New Health Research and Education Facility (HREF) under construction. (5) Pegasus Arms bar and restaurant, staying as is. (6) Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust drug trials building. Potential redevelopment site when trust moves across road. (7) Old Tillmans furniture store site owned by Otago University. Likely to be developed as the medical school's research and admin block. (8) New CDHB headquarters in the former Deloitte office, renovated by Countrywide Property in 2016. (9) Vacant Oxford Clinic site bought by the Crown. The hope is to attract a multinational medical industry tenant to build there. (10) An early suggested location for a new hospital car park. Current status unclear. (11) Former Archibalds office. Now being rebuilt with car sales on ground and three floors of health tenants above.


Suddenly, after thinking it might be a bit of a fizzer, three buildings are coming out of the ground at Te Papa Hauora, the promised health innovation precinct by Christchurch Hospital. "In 2017, I'm incredibly optimistic because I can see cranes everywhere," says Dr Ian Town, the asthma researcher and university manager who now chairs the Health Precinct Advisory Council. Town admits there are some significant gaps and some changed thinking. For instance an actual Health Research Institute building – a whizzy lab for hot medical tech start-ups – looks off the cards now. It is going to be more a "virtual academy" deal. Also, the Tuam St car yards – Archibalds and Miles – remain, at least for the moment. But three sites are on the go, says Town. Directly across from Christchurch Hospital, the diggers have made their start on the hospital's new $72 million, five-storey, outpatient building in Oxford Tce. Christchurch residents are going to become very familiar with that, Town says, because it is bringing together a whole collection of clinics – for diabetes, endocrine disorders, ophthalmology and dentistry – and will handle nearly 400,000 patient visits a year. Then next door – starting the prestige strip of buildings overlooking the soon-to-be pedestrianised frontage of the Avon River – is the $70m, seven-level, Health Research and Education Facility (HREF). It will be flash if the architect drawings are anything to go by. And it will combine the staff training and research of three institutions – the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Ara Institute, and University of Canterbury. A joint venture that Town says is more adventurous than you might think. Then third – again showing there is a spirit of working together – is the redevelopment of the earthquake-damaged Archibalds car sales office on the corner of Antigua and Tuam Sts. Archibalds is keeping a ground floor show room for itself. The car yards really don't want to budge. But on the levels upstairs will be health tenants – a modern space for the likes of the international drugs trial specialist, the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust (CCST). So it is all happening just as the Government and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) promised it would. Well actually, concedes Town, it has gone far slower, taken some detours, and become more of a local effort than envisaged. But really – as a long-term economic driver of the city – the Health Precinct is now in a position to deliver on its promise of being the single most significant development to come out of the earthquakes. It could be the money-maker. Town says Christchurch has always been a natural laboratory for health innovation. "There is something very unique about Christchurch in terms of its size. We've got a catchment population of just over half a million. And we've got one tertiary-teaching hospital, the medical school, a leading university and a wonderful polytech, all in a compact region." Compare that to Auckland with its three rival health boards and spread-out geography, he says. But despite its excellent reputation and long history of pioneering research, Christchurch has never really capitalised on turning its medical know-how into exportable services and products, says Town. Commercialisation has not been a priority. And that is what the new Health Precinct is meant to change.

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Exciting stuff! Christchurch is destined to become New Zealand's hub for health innovation and research. Would it be viable for Canterbury University to invest in a medical school given the enormous amount of medical investment and talent in the city?
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Old April 8th, 2017, 07:55 AM   #2864
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Exciting stuff! Christchurch is destined to become New Zealand's hub for health innovation and research. Would it be viable for Canterbury University to invest in a medical school given the enormous amount of medical investment and talent in the city?
I'd doubt it since Otago University already operates a very significant sized facility on the Chch Hospital campus... Otago Uni has a very well recognised reputation in NZ for it's School of Medicine and it's unlikely that Canty Uni developing such a school would "increase business" significantly... all it would do is dilute what Otago Uni is already able to do in the city with it's existing facility.
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Old April 8th, 2017, 11:38 AM   #2865
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Not sure if this has made it to a thread here yet? Found it on the Pure Architecture (The Pacifica, Auckland) website: http://www.plusarchitecture.com.au/p...selwyn-street/
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Old April 10th, 2017, 05:06 PM   #2866
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Great find! So let's put the image here:



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Old April 10th, 2017, 10:31 PM   #2867
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Cheers Mate - I've not yet successfully added an image

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Old April 14th, 2017, 01:10 AM   #2868
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Thats a nice substantial building... not high, but still looks very nice.
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Old April 15th, 2017, 07:18 AM   #2869
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Had my first real look around town in a year. Really like the new Bnz centre, the Cashel Mall side towards the river is turning into quite a busy thoroughfare. The completion of Fresh Choice, The Terrace and Crossing are going to really add this. Went for a workout at the new Snap which is close to the Dux de lux. Really like the look of the place very new looking, adding light rail and commuter rail would make really give this place the wow factor.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 08:15 AM   #2870
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Awesome news! The area around Cathedral Square is now really starting to take shape!

International hotel group buys Cathedral Square site for new hotel



A major Japanese hotel and tourism group has bought land in Cathedral Square for just over $7 million to build a big hotel. The 2000sq m vacant property runs from Cathedral Sq to Gloucester St. It is part of the former Press site. The deal has been called a vote of confidence in Cathedral Square, which has been a slow starter in the rebuild. The project will bring the number of existing and planned hotel rooms in the central city to about 2500. Christchurch lost more than three quarters of its 3700 hotel rooms in the earthquakes. Confidentiality agreements mean the hotel group's identity has not yet been disclosed. It is understood to be new to Christchurch and will own, build and run the hotel. "I understand they are going to move fairly quickly to build a big hotel," Yeoman said. We're disappointed we couldn't make something work ourselves, but this is great news for Christchurch, and for that part of the Square." Noel Gilchrist from commercial real estate firm Colliers, who brokered the deal, said the hotel would be "significant", and would cover the whole site. Council rules mean the building could be up to 28 metres high. "They are working on the hotel plans. They like the site and it will be large-scale," He expected the hotel would be "at least five-star". The sale was settled on Wednesday. The $7.1m price was nearly double the $3.598m Canterbury Property Investments paid for the land in 2014. The new owner is the property's fourth since the earthquakes. Development plans including an office building, a replica of the former Press newspaper building, and a Quest hotel have been proposed and abandoned in that time. The land is now used for car parking. The news follows last month's announcement that developer Nexus Point will build new offices for telecommunications company Spark on the former BNZ House site. Gilchrist said the hotel news signalled confidence not just in Cathedral Square, but in the whole central city. "It's a vote of confidence of what is happening. We are getting a convention centre, the library is going in, and there are new office blocks going up. It gives the purchaser confidence that they are in the right place. "Add to that the tourism boom, and the fact that we're short of hotel rooms. This is a good outcome all round." He said that despite the amount of vacant land in the central city, sites suitable for top-class hotels were scarce as the operators wanted an outlook over a park, square or river. "Christchurch is on the radar of overseas buyers because New Zealand is a popular destination from Asia. We've been contacted by a number of hotel chains wanting sites for hotels."

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HOTELS?

Already under way in Cathedral Square is the conversion of the former Millennium Hotel into Distinction Christchurch hotel. It should open by early next year.

The former Forsyth Barr office building opposite Victoria Square is being redeveloped as the new Crowne Plaza hotel, which is due to open this year.

A Holiday Inn Express is planned for Gloucester St between Press House and Cathedral Junction.

The Millennium chain is understood to be looking for a new site in or around Cathedral Square.

The Peterborough hotel will be built opposite Christchurch Casino.

Canterbury Property Investments will build a Quest hotel on the corner of Manchester and Southwark sts.

An apartment-style hotel is planned for Colombo St just north of Kilmore St.

The former Rydges hotel building may be repaired and reopened, but its owners are in insurance disputes.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 08:37 AM   #2871
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A hotel brand new to the city? I wonder what that'll be?
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Old April 21st, 2017, 11:37 AM   #2872
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Council rules mean the building could be up to 28 metres high
Someone said that Hotels are exempt from the height restrictions. But from this quote they still will be. Anyway its great that another giant hole around the square will be filled.
I wonder if it will be Nikko Hotels behind the development.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikko_Hotels
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the writer of the article mustn't be informed
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Yeah The Press have never been renowned for their fact checking.
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Is there a source for the claim of hotels being exempt from height limits? Surely it's documented somewhere.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:57 PM   #2876
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Yes that's what I have been looking for and could not find out through the CCC website.
Best to email them directly.
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Another new hotel for Christchurch

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/new...ectid=11847055
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good find.

Had a look on Google Maps Street View along Colombo Street to see which intersection the hotel is on. Judging by the buildings in the surroundings of the artists' impression, the hotel will be built on empty land at 840-848 Colombo Street at the Colombo Street/Salisbury Street intersection. Having a deeper look in, it looks like the hotel is a replacement for the 3.5 star CoSa hotel, mentioned on this thread in 2014. Looks like the plan for that hotel fell through, and has now been replaced with the Ramada Encore Hotel.

(Link for fallen through CoSa hotel project earlier in the thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...417369&page=84 )
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Had a look on Google Maps Street View along Colombo Street to see which intersection the hotel is on. Judging by the buildings in the surroundings of the artists' impression, the hotel will be built on empty land at 840-848 Colombo Street at the Colombo Street/Salisbury Street intersection.


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Still find it an interesting place for a hotel, but much better than the rental car stand on this site prior to the earthquakes! Also, I know I hardly mention car-parking with other developments, but where are visitors (domestic families travelling by car, rental cars, business cars, etc) going to park? There isn't any off-street parking sites nearby. On the street then? Or are they expecting all 88+ people to bus, walk, cycle, Uber or taxi to the hotel? Anyway, I've set up a thread as this has a high chance of progressing.
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