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City Centre: September 19, 2017

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4 seek | find | indulge CITY CENTRE s igniF i C ant design elements F eature on new preC inC t By Christine de FeliC e A key rebuild project in the Christchurch CBD is the impressive-looking Justice & Emergency Services Precinct on the block bounded by Lichfield, Colombo, Tuam and Durham streets. Designed by Warren and Mahoney in association with Cox Architecture and Opus Architecture, and with Fletcher Construction Company the lead contractor, this $300 million purpose-built complex is not only a substantial architectural feature of the central city, it will also bring a large workforce into the city every day. According to a Ministry of Justice spokesperson, it will accommodate 1000 court, tribunal and emergency services staff, with a further 1000 people projected to visit the precinct on a daily basis. The precinct covers approximately 40,000 sqm of floor space across five floors and will house the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John New Zealand, Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group, and Christchurch City Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management. AWAITING COPY Ad Number: AD00002 Artwork: {DB883B3D-0816-4316-9FE5-99DDE6FC2581} Size: 18x8 Description: Account: Colour: Filename: {DB883B3D-0816-4316-9FE5-99DDE6FC2581} Court and tribunal services and the emergency services are all expected to be operational from the precinct later this year, and prior to this, there will be a public open day, allowing Cantabrians to have a look around the new facilities, the spokesperson says. Featured on the precinct’s facade are two significant and visually striking Ngāi Tahu design elements, which are the work of contemporary artist Lonnie Hutchison (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hāmoa). The first is an eight-metre-high, 36m long aluminium kākahu façade (traditional feather cloak) that wraps around the first floor of the car park for operational vehicles on Tuam St. The kākahu façade design is inspired by the endangered kākapo parrot, and the anodised metallic cloak represents the striking hues of the kākapo’s feathers. The second is a huia feather frit, which has been applied to the glazing of five, two-storey window bays running the length of the precinct’s Durham Street frontage. A printed gold frit has been applied to the interior glazing, while a more noticeable creamcoloured frit has been applied to the external glazing. While both of the installations are beautiful in their own right, they each serve very practical purposes. The cloak façade (kākahu) transforms a functional building into something very special in the heart of the city. This supports a council urban design requirement for the treatment of buildings of this nature in the CBD. The glass frit, as well as enhancing the general appearance of the building, provides a mechanism to control internal temperatures from direct sunlight, while at the same time providing screened transparency and natural light into the courtrooms. A pounamu touchstone was also unveiled at the Precinct blessing on July 27. The mauri stone sits on a plinth in the Justice Building atrium. It was gifted from Ngāti Waewae, a Ngāi Tahu hapū based on the West Coast, to the Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapū, who have mana whenua over Christchurch city. It has been named ‘E Toru Ngā Mea’, after the waiata, which refers to the three principles of Whakapono, Tūmanako and Aroha – faith, hope and love. More than just a supermarket 71 Lichfield St, The Crossing Opposite The Bus Interchange Open 7am-9pm 7 days — BALLANTYNES Colombo St CARPARK ENTRY OFF LICHFIELD ST The CROSSING Lichfield St Bus INTERchange CITY MKT fccmcc

5 seek | find | indulge CITY CENTRE m ore C ar parks to meet demand in the C entral C ity Christchurch City Council transport operations manager Aaron Haymes outside the new Lichfield Street car park building Spring is in the air and with it comes the opening of the Lichfield St car park. The car park is expected to open late October, offering 804 new car parks, including 24 disability parking spaces and 10 charging parks for electric vehicles. Further electric charging bays can be added in the future as more people convert to electric vehicles. New technology will help drivers easily locate car parks with electronic signage using green and red lights to show car park availability. Transport operations manager Aaron Haymes says the Lichfield St car park will provide easy connections to Ballantynes, the Guthrey Centre and City Mall. “There are more lifts and pay stations than the former car park building and the ground floor will host a range of hospitality and retail businesses. Drivers will be able to benefit from the new car park location technology, helping them to quickly and easily locate a park before taking a leisurely stroll through the ground floor shopping precinct.” The opening of this car park comes at a time when parking in the central city is increasing in demand. An analysis of council-managed sites in the period of May to July in 2016 and Freshly roasted coffee draws customers to city cafe Many of Christchurch’s discerning coffee drinkers will by now have discovered the Magnitude Café & Roastery in Tuam Street. Established in June 2016, Magnitude offers excellent coffee freshly roasted on the premises and brewed by their three expert baristas, as well as a choice selection of delicious café-style food, made on the premises, for lunch and morning and afternoon teas. In addition to freshly made sandwiches, wraps and sweet treats, the menu features delicious hot potatoes, which are baked in a King Edward original potato baker and served with a choice of herbs. The café itself has an interesting pedigree. It was the brainchild of David Humphrey, the previous owner of Dunedin’s iconic coffee house, Stewarts, which was ~ Come in for a coffee ~ 2017 shows sites providing for all-day commuter parking have high occupancy rates and short-stay dedicated sites are also indicating a steadily growing occupancy. Several new central city car parking buildings have opened this year including the West End, The Crossing and the Hereford St car park, adding to the supply of both short and long-term parking sites. Changes are also coming this spring to the council’s on-street metered parking with a move from a pay and display system to pay by plate system. “We need to upgrade the parking meter system to bring it up to international security standards. The pay by plate system will allow us to take advantage of new technology to manage parking and provide a quicker, more efficient system for drivers,” Mr Haymes says. “The pay by plate system means you will no longer need to return to your car to place a paper ticket on the dashboard after paying for your parking. Just enter your licence plate number into the machine, make your payment and you’re away. Payment can be made by coin, card (including contactless cards) or by text to pay.” established by the late Tom Stewart in 1956. An RAF Pilot, Tom flew Lancaster bombers in the famous Dam Buster Squadron 617. Having been shot down over Germany and taken prisoner of war, he was repatriated back to Dunedin where, with friends and his English-born bride, talked about the wonderful coffee houses, commonly called the ‘penny universities’, which they had frequently visited in England. The suggestion arose that Tom should open one here in New Zealand, and so in 1956 Stewarts Coffee House in Dunedin was born. It was the first of many. In 1975, Tom retired and sold the coffee house to David, who continued the established tradition of roasting coffee beans on the premises. David also saw the opportunity to supply top-quality, freshly MAGNITUDE COFFEE • By October the council will manage 3023 paid central city car parks, including 1194 off-street spaces. Private sector manages 7204 off-street car parks (including parking facilities). • Occupancy in council-managed off-street car parking measured over a three-month period has increased significantly from 2016 to 2017. • The pay by plate system will save 1.5 million tickets or 800 kg of paper annually from entering the Christchurch waste stream and littering streets. roasted coffee to other establishments, and soon had a large clientele of discerning cafes and restaurants buying his coffee. After selling the business in 2008, he found he had time on his hands and he missed the people he had been dealing with. So he bought a building in Tuam St, Christchurch, fitted it out as a roastery and cafe, found a suitable name, Magnitude, and established what today is a destination cafe providing what many agree is the best and freshest coffee available. David's son-in-law, Gerard van Rooy, learnt to roast coffee whilst working for Stewarts and is an expert in obtaining perfection. Apart from enjoying a cup on the premises, many customers buy coffee to take away and enjoy at home or in the office. ADVERTISEMENT Magnitude Café & Roastery is located at Unit 2, 314 Tuam St and is open 7am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Samantha Larsen, left, Gerard van Rooy and Charlotte Mitchell beside the café’s coffee roaster. The blackboard menu offers a range of food and drinks. ~ Stay for the food ~ One of the café’s tasty breakfast items, Eggs Florentine. The paninis are packed with delicious fillings. ~ Enjoy the atmosphere ~ Unit 2, 314 Tuam Street Open Monday to Friday, 7am - 4pm Phone 366 0351