First CERA project announced for Christchurch

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is calling for expressions of interest for the first central city anchor project.

Enhancing areas around the Avon River is the first anchor project in Christchurch’s central city rebuild.

It is also a project which appears to have universal public acceptance.

The Central City Development Unit of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is calling for expressions of interest.

CCDU chief executive Warwick Isaacs says the proposal calls for design, cost control and project management professionals.

When a shortlist list has been identified, the CCDU will seek their detailed proposals, he says in a prepared media statement.

Mr Isaacs says these proposals will need to address the designs outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the need for fast tracking work and the multiple construction stages using multiple contractors.

“The values of Ngai Tahu will also need to be reflected in the design, given the strong and important relationship the runanga has with the Avon River,” he says.

Construction on the river precinct is expected to begin this summer and be completed by 2014.

“But at this stage, we are just telling people to let us know they are keen to be part of the process.”

The proposal seeks the creation of a public space that prioritises pedestrians and recreation, and the natural and cultural heritage of Victoria Park as the heart of the precinct.

CERA is also seeking an “experienced philanthropic consultancy to link the region with opportunities offered by the variety of philanthropic and corporate organisations wanting to aid the recovery”.

The aim is to develop CERA’s strategy and framework for managing philanthropic support from local, national and international organisations.

“There are a number of trusts, corporations and individuals who have offered financial support. But these opportunities need to be co-ordinated. The role requires in-depth knowledge of and experience with this sector of the community in order to tap into what is on offer,” CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says.

Prospective candidates will need to be available to start work from October 15.

Details of both proposals are available on the government tendering service website,