A grand spot in the central city
In an initiative to return 1,100 staff from thirteen government agencies to central Christchurch by the end of 2016, the Christchurch Integrated Government Accommodation project will see four new buildings built near the proposed Retail Precinct in the CBD.
One of these is Grand Central – a seven-storey structural steel framed building on base isolators on the site of the former Hotel Grand Chancellor. We are constructing the base build and extensive glass façade. A separate contract will be let to fit out the office space for three government agencies: the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Social Development. Fletcher is also undertaking the contract for the fitout for MBIE.
The design of this retail and office complex will be an exemplar for government and commercial accommodation in Christchurch – a ‘mixed-use development’ for multiple agencies, ideal for improved collaboration among building users, but also making the best use of space, services and resources.
- Large floor plates offer flexible, new generation workplace opportunities for more than 1,000 people in the heart of Christchurch’s central city. The development will provide connected workspace via an open central atrium. High ceilings and interconnecting open stairs link the office floors, allowing tenants to work across multiple levels. These connections will inspire people to engage with each other. And better engagement fosters better productivity.
- The building’s state-of-the-art features provide maximum benefit to building users – from the base isolation system with a high tolerance for shaking forces, to the double-glazed curtainwall façade specified to let in natural light and reduce solar gain.
- We worked with the design team for eight months prior to construction, providing advice on buildability, programme and safety in design.