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The Terrace Development, Stages 1 and 2

The Terrace Development is a mixed-use precinct once known as The Strip. It is located on Oxford Terrace bordering Christchurch's Avon River.

The Terrace features premium restaurant and bar offerings, with laneways, courtyards, terraces and corporate offices. 

Stage 1 is made up of a cluster of four buildings between two and five storeys high, facing Cashel Street, Oxford Terrace and Hereford Street. The buildings are connected by a series of four iconic laneways, a promenade and bridges, and all span from the street frontage. It integrates 17 hospitality businesses, retail and office spaces.

The buildings are oriented to the waterside location overlooking the Avon River and comprise various architectural styles and forms. The claddings have been selected to suit the location and range from timber and black aluminium to rust-coated steel.


The buildings' green features include an aquifer heat extraction system and in-house waste recycling.

Stage 2 involved the design and build of a 7,600m², five-storey building to meet the requirements of a corporate head office for Westpac Commercial Banking. The building has a steel structure with exposed EBF cross-brace frames.

This stage also included integrated tenant fit-outs for Westpac Corporate and KPMG.

The foundation team for the project (consisting of Hawkins, the client and the Project Manager) always worked collaboratively towards a ‘best for project’ outcome. They all had a passion for the development and a total team approach.

The desired outcome for both stages of the project was to maintain programme, deliver a quality development within budget and to maintain positive relationships through the project, and these outcomes were achieved.