Australia Commercial Design Trends Series AU Commercial Design Trends Vol. 33/1C - Page 39

Previous pages:The initial stages of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct are now up and running. As well as buildings designed for technology-based companies, the precinct includes hospitality outlets, public spaces and laneways. Below:New buildings for Vodafone and Kathmandu, a new carpark building and restructured heritage buildings are already complete in this section of the Innovation Precinct. The rebuild of post-quake Christchurch is focussed on more than replacing what was lost and strengthening what was not. It’s also providing an opportunity to create facilities that attract new businesses and encourage new approaches to work and workplace design. The Innovation Precinct is one such project. Originally an anchor project in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, the precinct is now attract- ing technology businesses and top-notch retail, cafes and restaurants. Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) is supporting the evolution of the precinct into a world-class hub of innovation and commercialisation. Tom Hooper, CEO at CDC, says the precinct is centrally located and provides services and agen- cies that support innovation in buildings that are designed to encourage interaction and creativity. “It aims to establish a cluster of innovative firms, creating a critical mass of technology-based busi- nesses and skilled workers who can collaborate and share knowledge,” says Hooper. And that goal has more than just a local focus. Hooper says another objective is to become internationally recognised as a hub for innova- tive firms, attracting like-minded companies from within the region, throughout New Zealand and across the globe. search | save | share at