Grand Central Christchurch
Located at 161 Cashel Street, the site of the former Grand Chancellor Hotel, the development is at the hub of the CBD and within a few minutes’ walk from significant redevelopment initiatives such as the Convention Centre Precinct, Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, Retail Precinct, Bus Interchange, Central Library, Stadium, Innovation Precinct, and Cathedral Square.
The mixed use development incorporates premium office accommodation with ground floor retail and cafe/restaurants. Large office floor plates offer a high degree of flexibility and connectivity. The floor plate design has been tailored to offer high levels of natural light with provision to control glare and maximise outlook. The stepped building form allows for the creation of a green roof landscape at Level 5. The central atrium offers excellent levels of natural light, spatial relief and an open stair providing vertical connectivity.
The ground floor of the development is committed to meeting the needs for an active edge to Cashel Street and a lively streetscape in Tattersalls Lane. To this end, a large scale retail area is placed along Cashel Street which is bisected by the office entry. Aside from back of house and service functions, the ground floor also provides sufficient space for bicycle parking, showers, toilets and lockers to service the office space. These all meet the briefed requirements for NABERS Energy rating and requirements of the District Plan.
The overarching design ambition for the development is to accommodate tenants within an efficient environment providing high levels of connectivity and flexibility. The design allows excellent opportunities for collaboration, spatial efficiency, productivity gains and improved working conditions - all within a lively and engaging urban environment.
Overall, the modern, state of the art development will be a significant contributor to the CBD rebuild while also being cost effective and embracing of sustainable design and construction principles.