A visit by Ngai Tahu property to the US revealed that building costs in New Zealand are around 3 times higher per square metre, with around NZ$500-800 per square metre in the US compared to NZ$1500-2500 per square metre here, especially in Christchurch.
Ngai Tahu chief executive Tony Sewell discussed that with Kathryn Ryan and others on Radio NZ and with Stuff.co.nz:
- Radio NZ – Nine To Noon, Tuesday 15 October 2013: Tony Sewell of Ngai Tahu Property, Warren Jack from Habitat Auckland and Bruce Kohn from NZ Building Industry Federation CEO talk with Kathryn Ryan in detail about our construction costs relative to the US
- Prices Kill Kiwi Quarter-Acre Dream – Stuff.co.nz, 12 October 2013: A comparison of international building costs with comments from Ngai Tahu Property chief executive Tony Sewell
The Viva! Project was absolutely delighted to be a finalist in the Breathe Urban Village Competition, and congratulate the winning team, Rome-based Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects who teamed up with the Cresco Group and Riccarton-based Holloway Builders, for their outstanding effort in creating a design for leading-edge residential living in Christchurch.
The Viva Sustainable Urban Village Project is an exciting development initiated by a group of like-minded Christchurch people who are passionate about their city and are committed to making a real difference following the devastating earthquakes.
Guided by our vision ”To create a vibrant urban village – an innovative and inspiring example of sustainable design and connected community”, the core community team including a number of volunteer design professionals have run numerous integrated design workshops with hundreds of passionate Christchurch people. The outcomes from these workshops have been tightly aligned with many ideas coming out of the CCC ‘Share an Idea’ initiative and helped set the benchmark of what is wanted by people living in the new Christchurch.
As an example, a central ‘heart’ space as part of a site layout supports a strongly connected community and is designed as a contrast to the urban context. Our Breathe entry features numerous other strong social, environmental and affordability innovations.
We thank the competition organisers and our partners Jasmax, Arcus Developments, WT Partnership, eCubed Building Workshop and MLB Consulting for the extraordinary opportunity that the collaboration on the Breathe Urban Village competition provided.
Together we will create a beautiful, ‘people-led’ Christchurch that is viable, liveable, innovative and distinctly sustainable!
For more information please contact:
Jane Quigley (Ph 0274 592 371, email@example.com)
or Jürg Hönger (ph 021 633 130, firstname.lastname@example.org)