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Amherst opens new building on anniversary of last big shake

The first office building under Christchurch’s new design and planning rules was officially opened last night.

It was an auspicious day for the opening and for Cantabrians because June 13 was the date of the last big shake in 2011.

While not largely appreciated outside the city, the two June 2011 midday earthquakes easily rivalled the killer February 22 earthquake – except that most of the damage to the central city had already occurred in February.

The new office building at 70 Gloucester St close to Durham St and the Avon River is called Anderson Lloyd Hse after its anchor tenant.

It is a private development by Amherst Properties owned by developer Lindsay O’Donnell.

The building is one of the first to receive resource consent under the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the first to have its office design accepted by a special new consent panel on which Ngai Tahu has a representative.

It is located to the west of the Avon River, an area which has become the de facto central business district extending north to Victoria St.

Several buildings have been developed by the private sector ahead of anticipated government and council projects which are yet to get under way.

Prime Minister John Key officiated at the launch, one of several photo opportunities of his day, including opening a new school while confirming others would be closed as part of a restructure of local schools.

c.hutch@clear.net.nz

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