Some ideas for Rangiora

Recently Rangiora has been looking like a lot of Christchurch does. Wire fences, shipping containers, blocked roads and closed shops. The shame for Rangiora is that we were buzzing with activity earlier while Christchurch residents could come here and forget about the earthquake for a while. Now it’s as depressing as everywhere else so Chch people may as well go shopping in Riccarton or Merivale now.

I would like to see the place cheered up a bit. Can’t we hide the fences behind decorated panels and cover the shipping containers.

With this in mind I have drawn a sketch of High Street. What are your thoughts?

The second thing I was thinking about was the temporary shops the Council is considering put up outside the council buildings for displaced businesses. There was an article in the Northern Outlook last week with a diagram showing the council proposal. I like the idea and I am glad the council is doing this. I just hope they are not just using shipping containers. I would love to see some smart design options. It will obviously be constrained by budget but some great designs are very economical.

I am not going to claim to be a great designer but came up with one option.

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2 Responses to Some ideas for Rangiora

  1. David Ayers says:

    Great thinking, Trevor. Some of the retailers are talking along similar lines.

    The Re-Start shops will not be containers: they will be Span-Build shells. This turned out to be the cheapest option – we needed to do that because the rents paid be retailers are going to have to be subsidised.

    Perhaps you could phone me.

  2. Jas says:

    Rangiora has a nice old world charm about it.unfortunately those buildings are no longer appreciated.so modernize with plenty of color and artwork inspired by the surrounding countryside

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