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Tower Junction to lose car parks

- LIZ MCDONALD

"We will monitor progress throughout the developmen­t and put in place any other communicat­ions for customers and retailers needed to help keep them informed." Ngai Tahu Property chief executive David Kennedy

Finding a car park at the Tower Junction shopping centre in Christchur­ch will get tougher as more shops are built.

In a $5.5 million project just started, the Addington bulk retail complex is adding two new buildings for more shops and food outlets. They will open next year.

Owner Ngai Tahu Property has confirmed that from a total of 1200 car parks, the complex will lose 138 (11.5 per cent) when the project is finished. Another 85 spaces have been cordoned off temporaril­y for safety during constructi­on.

Ngai Tahu Property chief executive David Kennedy said they did not plan to add extra car parks. There would still be room for more than 1000 vehicles, ’’which comfortabl­y meets the council’s minimum parking requiremen­ts for the size of the complex as well as customer and retailer demands’’.

To minimise disruption during constructi­on, contractor­s would bring vehicles in and out during off-peak hours and signs would help customers get around the site, Kennedy said.

‘‘We will monitor progress throughout the developmen­t and put in place any other communicat­ions for customers and retailers needed to help keep them informed.’’

First opened in 2003, Tower Junction is one of Christchur­ch’s biggest bulk retail shopping centres. The current expansion is the first since 2012 and was planned in response to the increased business and residentia­l population in the area since Canterbury’s earthquake­s. The look of the complex will also be upgraded.

Tower Junction’s 31 tenants include Bunnings, Ezibuy, Harvey Norman, Raeward Fresh, and Speight’s Ale House.

One of the new buildings will go in the car park opposite Bunnings. The other will be built in the Tower Junction Village area by Whiteleigh Ave alongside a row of smaller shops and Speight’s Ale House.

The project will bring the centre’s retail space to nearly 4 hectares, up from 3.7ha.

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 ?? PHOTO: IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF ?? Constructi­on under way in the car park at Tower Junction shopping centre.
PHOTO: IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF Constructi­on under way in the car park at Tower Junction shopping centre.

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