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A modern treasure

A modern treasure of innovative solid construction and historical reminders provides the ultimate central apartment lifestyle.



The second and final stage of the Latimer Central Apartments is now complete.

Adjacent to the new sports stadium, the prime-positioned build becomes an iconic part of the CBD’s eastern fabric.

At 272 Barbados Street, parallel to Latimer Square, the design is a head-turner.

The standard is high-end for all 34 units built by Street and Cook Construction.

Each one, a future-proofed investment. The first residents moved into the main building this month and now just five of the sought-after apartments remain for sale.

The drive-through entrance is via a portico under the project’s first stage, The Gatehouse, which is home to four exclusive apartments.

The 20 residents’ outdoor carparks are secured behind the central automatic security gate.

The ground-floor brick façade retains timeless character, melding with history – namely the old brick Orion substation.

It still stands as a grand feature point between the gatehouse and the main building – a nod to Christchurch’s past.

Director John Street of Street and Cook Construction has run an outstanding operation from Taranaki for over 35 years.

This is his second noteworthy development in Christchurch, which includes the award-winning GCH Aviation Centre.

Site foreman Brad Shotter moved his family down to Christchurch to project manage each exciting development.

“The apartments are very cleverly designed, to fit the relatively tight space we had to work with,” Brad says.

“Each one has its own unique view. All the balconies and courtyards are generously sized and most face north. The Hebel exterior is extra thick at 75 millimetres and provides a high acoustic rating and thermal barrier.”

The four floors and penthouse of the main building are of classic black and white exterior.

Fresh and light, neutral décor throughout connects the inside the 30 apartments to the spacious common areas.

The one and two bedroom apartments, are all generously proportioned and include Bosch appliances.

Strict acoustic tolerances mitigate the usual sounds from a bourgeoning CBD.

Solid Kwila treads and rises create the wide stairwell, provide an alternative to the internal elevator.

Brad says the project was a real pleasure to work on. It was almost like clockwork for the 18-month project that was completed on schedule.

“The build is up there with the best in innovation. BRB patented-design seismic-strength structural steel from America makes it a standout construction by John Jones Steel. The extremely solid foundation included 73 screw piles, some as deep as 14 metres, supplied and installed by Smith Cranes and Construction. These subcontractors were an integral part of this successful project.”

Cobalt Electrical and Security Systems provided the very latest requirements.

The company’s previous accolade was installing the security systems for the Christchurch Town Hall rebuild.

“We had six tradesmen on the Latimer site most days,” says Liverpool-born owner Eddie Russell, who has operated his one-stop-shop Christchurch business for more than 30 years.

“It was a nice job, and we needed to be there at every building stage. Everything worked out great. We were proud to meet every tight deadline and scope of works.”

Cobalt provided all of the smart features for the building and apartments.

With ICT card access control for the security gate and security walk in entrance, KNX Worldwide automation systems controlling the building through sensors and timers, including the carpark and emergency lighting. Installed in every apartment was smart-lighting control, data hub, Sky TV, fibre optics for the high-speed WIFI built into the walls, and the latest ABB video intercom.

The apartments are now state of the art.

Street and Cook is looking forward to the next exciting Christchurch project.

To view the apartment listing for sale visit Harcourts Gold.


High-end apartment life

Located just a few blocks from Riccarton Mall, a new Christchurch townhouse development now offers all the buzz and convenience of city living, without having to compromise on space.



The five high-end units – produced by local company Michael Stratford Builders – will open soon at 8 Lyndon Street.

Designed by Adam Cronin, of Cronin Design Ltd, the two-storey townhouses each have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and three toilets (two upstairs, one downstairs) and four even boast double garages.

The front unit facing the road has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is spacious at 160-170 square metres.

Modern and stylish in their design, the units, which range in price from $665,000 to $695,000, are finished with white Rockcote and navy blue linea weatherboard, complete with black fascia and windows.

Inside, the beautiful final touches will astound.

The designer kitchen features stone benchtops, the rooms are spacious and bright, and offer carpet and tiled flooring throughout.

All this, and the units are located only two and a half blocks from Riccarton Mall!

For more information, contact Glass Miles Real Estate agent Christine Binnie on 021 711 243 or First National Christchurch Ltd agent John McClelland on 03 423 1908.


Big plans for redevelopment

The appointment of Weir Architecture to transform the Hereford Street office block that once housed Scorpio books into a stylish boutique hotel, assures Christchurch of a delicious treat to be sampled in around 18 months. National Award Architectural winner in 2019 for The Crown Plaza Christchurch project, Weir Architecture has stunning plans for the building which forms part of the Hilton Tapestry group.


Strengthened, remodelled and with a top floor added, the hotel will be named The Modern.

Destined to become one of the city’s treasures, it will feature a retro interior – a fabulous take on the 1960’s modern era of interiors. Robert Weir, Director of Weir Architecture says the company sought something completely unique to Christchurch and realised the proponents of art, architecture, furniture and interior design of the 1960s in Christchurch should be celebrated.

Inspired by local artists’ works stored at COCA, as well as local titans Miles Warren and Peter Beaven, plus international architecture stars of the 60s, the furniture and artworks will be authentic.

The theme dictates the colour palette, the use of timber, leather, carpeting, and wall finishes in panelling and wallpaper.

Robert is lead consultant, working with developer Tailorspace and the hotel will be operated by the Sarin Group.

Hosting 70 rooms, the ground floor restaurant and café bar will be operated by the hotel, and we can look forward to a visit in 18 months.

“It’s really exciting to be working on this sophisticated hotel redevelopment and it’s always wonderful to work with a strong brand such as Hilton,” Robert says.