Riverside project will add life to inner city

Riverside project will add life to inner city
Consortium Construction has taken a lead role in many projects initiated by Richard Peebles.

Work is ramping up on the development of a substantial farmers’ market right in the heart of Christchurch’s CBD. Overlooking the Avon River, Riverside Farmers Market is being built in conjunction with Riverside Lane.
The total development encompasses a large block of land on Oxford Terrace, straddling Cashel Street through to Lichfield Street. The Riverside Farmers Market building will sit on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Lichfield Street.
Riverside Lane runs from Cashel Street to Oxford Terrace, with its boutique shops designed to provide a high-end shopping experience. A wide public lane will run east-west between the two developments.
Owned by property investors Richard Peebles, Kris Inglis and Mike Percasky, the Riverside development will be another key ingredient in the city’s post quake transformation.
Leading the construction effort is local firm Consortium Construction Ltd.
Since its foundation in 2004 by Danny Whiting, the building company has earned a solid reputation for commercial construction in Christchurch including the Freedom Furniture Building and the NPD Service Station, both on Moorhouse Avenue.
A long professional relationship built upon mutual respect and trust has also seen Consortium Construction take a lead role in many projects initiated by Richard Peebles over the last 14 years.
“We recently developed 181 High Street for Richard, Kris and Mike which included retaining and restoring the Mckenzie & Willis facade” says Brooke Whiting, finance manager for Consortium Construction. “That’s another prominent job that we’re very proud of.”
Brooke says the Riverside development will be built in stages, giving priority to the Farmers’ Market building, providing 3500sqm of trading space over two floors.
With the site for the building cleared in April, ground improvement is currently underway with McMillan Civil driving stone columns deep into the ground.
“Once the foundation and concrete floor goes down there’s a fairly complex steel structure that forms the building’s skeleton,” explains Brooke.
“Everything pretty much bolts on to that. “It will be quite a sight to behold once the steel structure goes up.”
Brooke says the development is the brainchild of Richard Peebles, who worked closely with architectural designer John Ayres from Creative Studios, fleshing out the aesthetics over many months.
For the outside cladding, long-run aluminium will be used on the upper level while recycled brick will be utilised on the lower level to give the building a rustic, industrial look and feel.
The lower level of the market will be home to many small food operators and stall holders.
Brooke says a mezzanine floor with a massive void in the centre on the upper level will enable people to view activities below and still feel part of the market hustle and bustle.
Big seating areas, bar and restaurants overlooking Oxford Terrace, a four metre wide deck wrapping around the Terrace façade and a roof top bar complete the upper level.
“It’s pretty cool being involved in this project. It’s very much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be building on this land,” says Brooke. “We cannot forget what the earthquake did to the city but it has provided an opportunity to transform the city and make it world class.”
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