Christchurch precinct woos businesses

Interested in setting up shop at the new Christchurch Innovation Precinct? Then get thee over to – the government has just put out a request for proposals for companies keen to locate themselves at the new central city base.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says the consultation documents are aimed at gaining a clear understanding of the level of interest private sector organisations have in the precinct, and also seek proposals from consultants to determine the high-level urban form and design principles.

“There has already been considerable interest from multinational firms, smaller domestic firms, investors and developers. We want them to play their part in creating an environment that innovative firms and institutes want to locate to."

EPIC, the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus, officially opened up on the corner of Tuam and Manchester Streets at the end of November.

The Innovation Precinct is a key part of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The vision is for the development of a 3.6 hectare site comprising three city blocks located in the south-east corner of the Urban Frame and bounded by Lichfield, Manchester, St Asaph Streets, High St, Tuam and Madras Streets.