The South Frame looks like an infrastructure project but its brief is more than that. It is a crucial urban regeneration project that provides
the means to promote and support the development in the Frame as well as protecting the core retail area.
The South Frame plays a crucial role in creating a greener, better connected, walkable and vibrant city centre for Christchurch. It
completes the ‘framing’ of the core by connecting the East Frame (Innovation Precinct) at one end and the Metro Sports Facility, the
Health Precinct and Te Papa Otkaro/Avon River to the west.
Concept design through to detail design and construction drawings along with consents were completed in one year by a multi-discipline
team headed by Callum Wood, who was seconded into CERA. This was a very ambitious programme that has been achieved.
Contaminated land and buildings to be modified to achieve the design have added complexities to the project along with facilitating
design integration of new buildings, that are at various stages in their own project development, across the 7 city blocks have been main
Two advanced works packages were let in early 2016 due to buildings needing laneways constructed around them at the same time and the
main works packages are currently being tendered for construction to commence mid 2016 through 2017.
Image courtesy of City Sense South.