Avon River Precinct | Christchurch
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A major post-earthquake anchor project, the Avon River Precinct (ARP), opened to the public on November 25, 2018, marking a pivotal moment in Christchurch's central city earthquake recovery efforts. This new city promenade and waterfront development spans two kilometers along the Ōtākaro/Avon River, stretching from Christchurch Hospital in the west to the Margaret Mahy Family Playground in the east.

The design of the promenade presents a cohesive collection of functional spaces that significantly enhance the urban landscape. It features a 'shared space' that accommodates walking, cycling, driving, tram riding, and relaxation, ensuring a seamless and inclusive experience for all users. Additionally, there is a 'flexible space' designed for outdoor dining, bike and scooter parking, and socializing, fostering a vibrant community atmosphere.

In 2015, RMM was engaged to provide landscape architectural services as part of the 'Design Build Team' led by Downer NZ, working on behalf of Ōtākaro, the crown-led company responsible for delivering Christchurch's anchor projects. RMM also partnered directly with Ōtākaro on the project's Avon Loop extension. Throughout the project, RMM played a crucial role in shaping the landscape design, ensuring that it met both functional and aesthetic goals.

The Avon River Precinct's design integrates a variety of elements to create a dynamic and accessible urban environment. The project includes walkways, seating areas, green spaces, and enhanced river access points, all meticulously planned to encourage public interaction with the waterfront. The use of native plants and sustainable materials underscores the project's commitment to environmental stewardship, promoting biodiversity and sustainability within the urban core.

Key features of the design include:

Shared Spaces: A versatile area that accommodates multiple modes of transport, including walking, cycling, driving, and tram riding, creating an inclusive space for all visitors.

Flexible Spaces: Designed for outdoor dining, bike and scooter parking, and social gatherings, this area fosters a lively community atmosphere.

Walkways and Seating Areas: Thoughtfully placed to encourage relaxation and interaction, these features provide comfortable spots for visitors to enjoy the riverfront views.

Green Spaces: Integrating native plants, these areas enhance the ecological value of the precinct while offering tranquil spots for visitors to connect with nature.

Enhanced River Access Points: Carefully designed to provide safe and inviting entry points to the river, these access points encourage water-based activities and closer interaction with the natural environment.
RMM's involvement ensured that the Avon River Precinct not only met the immediate needs of post-quake recovery but also provided a sustainable, engaging, and beautiful urban space for future generations to enjoy. We are proud to have collaborated with Ōtākaro and the Design Build Team to deliver this transformative project for Ōtautahi. We are excited to see how the Avon River Precinct will catalyze future development, events, and activities, transforming Christchurch's central city into a vibrant place to live, work, play, and visit. The successful completion of the ARP signifies a major step forward in the ongoing revitalization of Christchurch, promising lasting benefits for the community and visitors alike.
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