Jasmax were invited by Christchurch City Council to provide urban design and masterplanning services for the southern quarter of the CBD (pre-earthquakes). The area covers approximately 30 hectares and contains many historic lanes and buildings. The work involved establishing a comprehensive vision for the area, taking advantage of the existing urban form whilst looking for opportunities for further enhancement and development.
Jasmax developed design solutions for the bulk and location of buildings, land uses, provision of car parking, streetscapes, open spaces, lanes and land uses, including the refurbishment and long term planning of buildings to remain.
This included detailed design solutions for six parcels of council owned land, including elevations, sections and floor plans and illustrative sketches demonstrating the context of built forms in urban plazas and streetscapes.
Architectural codes were developed to ensure a best fit with the character of adjacent building stocks and land uses. In support of the CCC Urban Design Strategy, the masterplan challenged the Christchurch City Plan on site coverage and building heights to create mixed-use human scale communities that are walkable, permeable and attractive to investors. The scenarios were tested financially to ensure they were viable requiring practical understanding of building design and development economics.
This work then led to a Council-initiated plan change, for which Jasmax contributed a technical design report analysing existing and proposed urban design rules and controls by using innovative interactive modelling techniques which provided real time understanding of the effect of changing these rules.