A blueprint of plans for the new city centre was released in July. Key goals are to have a more compact city with low rise, and all major facilities and precincts corralled between the Avon River and a new green 'frame'.
The 100-day blueprint released by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) outlines a bold plan to significantly shrink the size of the CBD by designating two strips of land - one in the east of the city and one in the south - as open spaces.
These spaces, along with the Avon River, which will be widened in stretches and developed into a riverside park, will serve to frame the new CBD, ensuring that all development is concentrated within a tight geographic area.
The convention centre will occupy a prime site next to Victoria Square.
A Maori cultural centre will be built by Ngai Tahu in Victoria Square and will act as a welcoming point for visitors to the city.
The Cathedral Square will remain the civic heart of the city but its appearance will be changed, with more grassed areas and trees added.
The old brewery site in St Asaph St will have a state-of-the-art metro sports facility. It will include a competition-size swimming pool, leisure pools and eight indoor courts.
A replacement stadium for the earthquake-damaged AMI Stadium in Phillipstown will be built on the old Turners & Growers site, on the edge of the CBD's new eastern frame. It will be a covered stadium with natural turf and seating for 35,000 people.
A new music centre and auditoriums for the performing arts will ensure the city's cultural needs are catered for.
The City Mall will remain as the retail hub of the CBD.
The city will remain cycle friendly, so a great way to tour the city is via Christchurch Bike Tours' two-hour guided tour .
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