The Terrace a shot in the arm for Christchurch!

Plans to have more than 20 new central-city bars and restaurants open by Show Week next year have been called ‘‘just the tonic’’ for Christchurch.

Colourful Christchurch developer Antony Gough promised yesterday that The Terrace, the $100 million-plus replacement for The Strip in Oxford Tce, would be ‘‘spectacular’’.

‘‘With somebody who dresses like this, the buildings will be flamboyant’’, he said.

Gough and his brother Tracy will break ground on their City Mall site – half a city block bordered by Oxford Tce and Cashel and Hereford streets – in July or August and open by October next year.

They released more details of their project at a design symposium at the Christchurch City Council headquarters yesterday.

It will feature nine buildings interconnected by six laneways, bridges, a central piazza and upper promenade.

Mayor Bob Parker praised the plan’s vision and human scale.

‘‘I think it’s outstanding. It looks very, very exciting.

‘‘It’s just the tonic that we need.’’

Gough has promised The Terrace will attract a more mature crowd than The Strip – a popular nightspot plagued by late-night trouble.

Stage one will be the two and three-storey hospitality precinct facing the Avon River.

The 20 ground-floor outlets will replace the six that existed before the earthquakes, and there will be small shops and more hospitality businesses upstairs overlooking the piazza.

A second stage will follow with a boutique hotel and taller office buildings on the eastern end of the site.

Gough said rib-raft foundations would mean a quicker build and a dig of no more than 2 metres, while easy accessibility for disabled and elderly users was a key part of the design.

‘‘We are spending over $100 million on this development; it will be world class.

‘‘It will be spectacular and it’s going to shake up Christchurch in a big way.’’

The Goughs will be the first developers to complete one of the master-planned developments required to rebuild in the central city’s core retail zone.

Others with plans for the City Mall include Nick Hunt, who has been struggling to get office tenants for his Cashel Square complex for the site next to the Gough land.

Triangle Centre owner Michael Ogilvy-Lee starts work soon on his glass-wrapped buildings and expects to be finished by autumn 2015.

Across the road, department store Ballantynes has teamed with landlords Philip Carter and Peter Guthrey to form The BCG Alliance and develop their end of the mall.


  • The Press
  • Liz Mcdonald liz.mcdonald@press.co.nz
  • Photo: Dean Kozanic/ Fairfax

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