New Brighton Community Foreshore Development


New Brighton, New Zealand


Project Details: 

After the devastating 2011 earthquakes, Christchurch suffered such extensive damage that the city is still recovering today. The suburb of New Brighton was one of the hardest hit, and the economy suffered greatly. As part of a regeneration project for the area, this grass-roots community project aimed to bring more people together into the commercial core, indirectly supporting local businesses, and reigniting the deflated commercial area. 


How Did We Help:

Select Contract’s extensive experience consulting in the New Zealand leisure, recreation and adventure sectors allowed us to provide valuable insight into the existing market.


The Brief:

Select Contracts was engaged in 2015  by Development Christchurch Limited to conduct a market demand study for the suburb of New Brighton to determine what attractions or infrastructure would be suitable and well received by the community.


Our Approach:

This project began with a detailed market study, including Community Engagement, to ascertain what would work for the local and regional markets. The resulting attraction recommendations included; a 300x100m surf pool; an indoor bike park with a standing surf wave; a community hot pool facility; and a playground and splash park.


The Result:

The market demand study was well-received and foreshore development planning and design began for a multi-phased development. Phase 1 included a state-of-the-art playground and splash park that would be free for community use, and Phase 2 included a commercially operated hot pool facility. Select Contracts was further engaged to perform the design and construction management for both phases. To learn more about these projects check out New Brighton Playground (link) and New Brighton Hot Pools (link).