The Council is supporting progress on Central City barrier sites.

Barrier site encroaching onto road

The Council has a three-step approach in dealing with sites that are considered to be barriers to the regeneration of the Central City. These sites are referred to as barrier sites.

If left unrepaired they can lead to negative perceptions of the city for visitors and investors and, in some cases, they disrupt the operation of the transport network.

We also want to encourage action to tidy up cleared vacant sites and gravel car parks. Litter, unmanaged vegetation and unmaintained hoardings paint a poor image of the city and undermine perceptions of personal safety, especially at night. 

Our approach

The diagram below shows the way we will work with owners. The emphasis is on providing support and assistance. As a last resort, fees and enforcement action will be considered. 

Action, investment and regeneration

Dialogue, support and incentives
  • Direct contact and dialogue
  • Promoting existing incentives
  • Advisory support
  • Brokering
Adding pressure
  •  Apply existing fees and charges
  • Review and adapt incentives, fees and charges
  • low level enforcement
  • Promotion and enagagement
Enforcement and regulation
  • Remediation notices
  • Abatement notices (including ability to act and recharge cost)
  • Greater CHCH Regeneration Act (Power to undertake works, direct owners and acquire land)
  • Regeneration plans 

What are barrier sites?

We define barrier sites using the following criteria: 

  • unoccupied buildings which are in a very poor state of repair
  • cordoned sites and/or buildings which encroach into public footpaths or road space that affect traffic and pedestrian movement. Cordoned sites include those where propping or containers are used to support damaged buildings
  • sites where foundation work is required and which need to be fenced off for public safety

Where are the Central City barrier sites?

This work is currently focused on the Central City. An initial list of 30 properties(external link) was identified and, as work is done, sites may be removed or new sites added. The table below shows current sites and their status as of July 2019. The next update will be in September 2019.

Notable changes since the January 2019 update include:

  • the removal of three sites; 31 Cathedral Square (Old Post Office), 165 Hereford Street (Broadlands House) and 66 Oxford Terrace (Oxford Apartments) where consents have been lodged/works commenced

  • two sites where intentions were previously unclear (79 Cambridge Terrace and 129 High Street) have now moved to the ‘committed to action’ list as a result of dialogue with owners

  • six of the barrier sites that are no longer demonstrating a commitment  to action have been moved to the ‘sites where intentions are yet to be confirmed’ list

Sites with commitment to action

Street Number Also known as
Cashel Street 226–234 Former IRD Premises 
Cathedral Square 100 Anglican Cathedral
High Street 141 Duncan's Buildings
Lichfield Street 92 Sargoods
Lichfield Street 96 Living Space
Madras Street 216   
Oxford Terrace 159 Our City 
Oxford Terrace 170 Former Rydges Hotel
Tuam Street 179  Sol Square (part) 
Tuam Street 210–214 Lawrie & Wilson Auctioneers Building / Odeon Theatre 
Victoria Street 91 Victoria Mansions
Worcester Street 116 Kaplan / State Insurance
Cambridge Terrace 79 Bradley Nuttall Building
Hereford Street 159 Malvern House
High Street 129 Ace Video

Sites where intentions are yet to be confirmed / subject to insurance dispute

Street Number Known as
Armagh Street 128 Former PSIS Building
Cambridge Terrace  137 Harley Building
Cashel street 170 Former Holiday Inn
High Street  235 Former Hunters & Collectors
Gloucester Street 249 Former Stonehurst Hotel/Motel 
Armagh Street 119 Former PWC Building 
Hereford Street 161 Hereford Suites
Hereford Street 167–169 Hereford Chambers 
Manchester Street 112–114 2 Fat Indians 
Peterborough Street 25  Peterborough Centre / Apartments 
Manchester Street 205