Mandeville Village on Tram Road is open after an extensive five-year rezone, consenting and construction process by developers Ratua Holdings Limited and the main contractor, Apollo Projects.
“Surveys provided an insight into what the community wanted and helped us to provide a village that meets the needs of the locals while providing a community heart,” says Apollo Projects National Business Development Manager and Ratua Holdings Director Bevan Hames, a Mandeville local himself.
Tenants include Sweet Pea Early Childcare Centre, Supervalue Supermarket, She Believed Beauty Salon, Mandeville Fish and Chips, New Delhi Food Junction, Thaiger Mountain Thai Restaurant and the Platform Heineken Bar and Restaurant. Locals also signalled they wanted discount fuel, so a self-service petrol station under the NPD brand completes the village.
The Mandeville Village Facebook page has kept excited locals informed of progress. “The community is right behind the development creating a great atmosphere. We have received a lot of messages of support and the feedback has been outstanding.”
The village will be the biggest employer in the area and employment opportunities from the village businesses have been well received, with a lot of local interest in jobs.
Given his wife Kelly runs the supermarket, Bevan’s favourite feature is a tough call, “I really should say that – although the architectural features make the village unique and really complement the surrounding area, including the cedar cladding and timber pergola with greywacke stone bases. Also, the tenant mix really responds to the local convenience needs.”
This Apollo Projects masterpiece is open and buzzing for the community that has championed it every step of the way.
Locals and visitors to Lyttelton’s Oxford Street Reserve have plenty to feast their eyes upon as they take in the stunning and spectacular murals at the revamped skate park and playground.
Completed last month, the murals, which took around two weeks of labour intensive painting, are by Los Angeles-based Christchurch artist Dcypher, also known as Guy Ellis. They tell a visual story incorporating native plants and birds, Maori design motifs, and a Lyttelton inspired urban scene featuring a skateboarder. Dcypher had fellow DTR Crew artists – Wongi, Ikarus and Jacob Yikes – assisting him on the job.
Christchurch City Council project manager, Jon Malis, says the murals reflect the history of Lyttelton and the site and appeal directly to the youth of the area who are the primary users of the park.
The artworks are a key element of the $375,000 site upgrade, which includes extensive playground landscaping, repairs to the park’s earthquake-damaged heritage walls, and the skate park being rebuilt.
An acclaimed muralist, Dcypher’s work features in the Spectrum Street Art Show and several murals around Christchurch, along with international street art festivals, cityscapes, museums and high-profile advertising campaigns. His work has also been showcased in Brazil, New Zealand and the United States, and he was recently invited to participate in painting the World’s Largest Graffiti Wall for the Guinness Book of World Records in Dubai.
Most impressive of all however, is that the prodigiously talented Dcypher has truly hit the big time, having developed mural art works specifically for the TV shows, Sons of Anarchy, Silicon Valley and NCIS.
The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.
With the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs.
“We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates.
“We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised salesperson,” licenced business owner, third generation realtor James Twiss says.
It is inspiring seeing business growth such as this and the team does it with heart. In the past five years it has supported the Harcourts Foundation and given more than $150,000 to local community charities in North Canterbury and the Selwyn district. “We are regularly amazed and humbled by the support our communities have given and continue to give us.”