Following the devastating 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, Sheppard & Rout, in association with Boffa Miskell, Warren and Mahoney and Woods Baggot, was approached to be involved in preparing a Blueprint for the future Christchurch. The consortium was only given 100 days to re-design the inner-city.

The Blueprint proposed an urban frame of green space to enable the formation of a dense and vibrant core central city. Given this unique opportunity to re-design the central city, key precincts were placed sensibly to their specific program. The Avon river was employed to link between these key precincts, which include: The Frame, Innovation Precinct, Stadium, Residential Development Project, Bus Interchange, Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, Health Precinct, Convention Centre, and Performing Arts Precinct all centred around the existing Cathedral Square Precinct.

The aim was to create an exciting and prosperous central city designed for people, through bringing business, commerce, green space, and dwelling back into Christchurch’s CBD. Following its completion, CERA used the Blueprint to form the ‘Central Recovery Plan.’

World Architecture News Urban Design Award - 2014 

(In association with Boffa Miskel, Warren and Mahoney, Woods Bagot, RPC and Populus.)