Landscaping work on former CTV site to begin next week

Landscaping work on the former CTV site will begin next week, and the garden design is based on feedback from those who lost loved ones in the building following the February 2011 earthquake.

Landscaping work on the former site of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building is set to begin next week.

The CTV building, on the corner of Cashel and Madras Streets, collapsed following the February 2011 earthquake, resulting in the loss of 115 lives.

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley said the site would become a “special part of the city, a peaceful place to sit and reflect.”

“The lawn and the three former car parks on the Cashel Street side of the site will be retained. There will be a central grove of cherry trees as well as New Zealand native plants and international plants to provide variety and colour.

“A stone plinth will include a water feature that pours into the garden bed.”

Words of remembrance would be incorporated into a vertical structure, where mementoes and flowers could be placed.

A sign at the entranceway would also give visitors information about what happened at the site.

Mr Brantley said as much of the original foundation as possible would be retained, and the western side would be covered in stone chip.

“Feedback has been sought from CTV bereaved family members who lost loved ones in the earthquake and that feedback has been an important consideration in developing the design,” he said.

Weather permitting, work on the site is expected to be completed by February 21, 2018.