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The Influencers: John Bridgman


Not only is our Te Papa Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct project the largest urban transformation ever undertaken in New Zealand, but now it has also been deemed this year’s best, winning the prestigious George Malcolm Award for supreme excellence at the 2019 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards.

 

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

The Avon River Precinct includes the City Promenade, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, The Terraces, the Victoria Square and Bridge of Remembrance restorations, all the artworks and plantings along the river and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. We’ll have the remaining elements completed next year.

The judges noted, “Te Papa Ōtākaro has emerged as a significant and transformative urban landscape, maximising the opportunity provided by the earthquakes, to develop an exemplary interweaving of urban edge and river. Enhancing the cultural landscape of the city, as well as the ecological and social values, has provided Christchurch with a central core that holds the city together, and re-presents it with a new vision.”

The real beauty of the Avon River Precinct, which was also named as one of three finalists for Most Improved River at the 2019 New Zealand River Awards, is that it will only get better with time, as the plants and gardens mature, as more people take the time to walk and enjoy the City Promenade and as more private developments and public projects, like Te Pae, start opening out onto it.

Congratulations to our partners on this project: Christchurch City Council, Matapopore Charitable Trust, and the outstanding design teams at LandLAB, Boffa Miskell, WSP-Opus, and Rough & Milne.

 

 

 


 

Luxurious Landscaping: Wood Ltd


When it comes to plants, landscaping, or even creating your own living roof, Wood Ltd is no stranger to creating unique, functional and beautiful spaces in any site. Specialising in combining meaningful, site-based design with thorough landscape construction, Wood Ltd is able to go above and beyond what is deemed to be the norm, giving your project a quality and finish which is totally unique.

 

 

 

Wood Ltd is owned and operated by Landscape Architect Steffan Kraberger. Steffan and his team’s experience and creativity leads to a unique approach to landscape design-and-build where no job is too ambitious or project too tough. With a vast portfolio of completed projects and plenty of repeat business, Steffan and his team often have their hands full with clients wanting that special something.

Whether it’s creating lush courtyards throughout the upcoming health and wellness development ‘The Welder’, creating living roof systems on The Crossing’s new rooftop Early Childhood centre, planting the 112 Cashel Mall living wall, or cutting walking tracks to the PurePods now scattered throughout Canterbury, Wood Ltd is going from strength to strength, and only just getting started.

If you want to know more about how Wood Ltd can bring your wooden project to life, stop by their office at 474 St Asaph Street, Phillipstown, or contact Steffan directly at steffan@woodla.co.nz.