Ōtākaro Avon Loop
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The Avon Loop is a river esplanade revitalisation project on the city fringe of Christchurch. RMM were the lead landscape architects involved in the preliminary concept design and costing, through to the preparation of detailed documentation, and contract/maintenance supervision.
The project responds to the post-earthquake landscape of changed levels, drainage and flooding patterns and river alignment along a former section of Oxford Terrace between Fitzgerald Avenue and Madras Street.

A focus of the design was the creation of sanctuary habitat through riverbank enhancement and incorporating improved access to the water’s edge along a shared pathway. Approximately 17,000 indigenous plantings were undertaken along 10 kilometres of riverbanks. A new kayak ramp and boardwalk are nestled into the new planting and existing vegetation retained. Meandering along the former roadway alignment is the shared path which includes gateway features; street furniture; interpretation signage; and a footbridge over the sensitive root system of established trees. A new car park is located at the eastern end providing easy access to the boat ramp.
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