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Central City Rebuild

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By September 2015, SCIRT completed its original programme of work in the CBD to make way for the vertical rebuild. Small pockets of work remain underway in the outer fringes of the Central City in the east and north. SCIRT has also been commissioned to undertake new work in the Central City in addition to its original programme, as well as works extra to the SCIRT programme involving strengthening work for two bridges.

Strengthening work on the Triumphal Arch and the Bridge of Remembrance foundation structure was completed by SCIRT at the end of September 2015. Further work, including the construction of steps, ramps and paving, will be completed by CERA, working closely with the RSA on the design, as part of the Avon River Precinct project.

It is expected that the work by CERA will be completed by the end of this summer. Christchurch City Council and SCIRT will work closely with CERA to ensure the handover and completion of work ensures that the Bridge of Remembrance is restored to standard, fitting of those whom it commemorates. 

Other work happening in the city- An Accessible City 

An Accessible City is being delivered by the Christchurch City Council and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. This is the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, which aims to improve traffic flow and provide safer, more people-friendly and enjoyable ways for people to get around our Central City. 

The first phase of transport projects have been prioritised to align with the delivery of the key anchor projects: Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct, Health Precinct, East Frame, South Frame and the Bus Interchange.

To date two of the first eight priority projects have been completed: Hagley / Moorhouse Corner and Hospital Corner Stage 1. Three more projects are currently underway:  Colombo Street, Lichfield Street and Tuam Street. The next three projects proposed for Hospital Corner (Stage 2), parts of Durham Street / Cambridge Terrace and parts of Manchester Street have yet to be approved by Council. 

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