Ngāi Tahu Property appoints Hawkins Construction on King Edward Barracks project

Posted on 27 August 2015

Ngāi Tahu Property has appointed Hawkins to build Stage One of its major development on the former King Edward Barracks site located between Cashel Street, Hereford Street, Montreal Street and Cambridge Terrace in central Christchurch.

This initial stage will see two commercial office buildings and a large landscaped public space constructed on the Cambridge Terrace end of the 16,400m2 site. A multi-storey car park is currently in the final stages of design and will be released for tender in the near future.  Future potential stages could include two further smaller office buildings and apartments however, construction of these will be subject to market demand. Construction is scheduled to start in September 2015.

Gordon Craig, development manager at Ngāi Tahu Property, said Hawkins was appointed following a robust and competitive evaluation process.

“We received tenders from several high-calibre local and national firms. Each tenderer presented very competitive proposals however, Hawkins was finally selected based on their strong track record in delivering complex and high profile projects and excellent health and safety record.”

Steve Taw, Hawkins Construction South Island Regional Manager said Hawkins was delighted to work with Ngāi Tahu Property on another key piece of the Christchurch rebuild.

“We look forward to delivering this key project which will form a cornerstone part of the emerging office precinct beside the Ōtākaro Avon River. Hawkins is proud to add this significant development to our portfolio of work in Christchurch and we are looking forward to delivering another successful project for Ngai Tahu,” says Taw.

The precinct-style development on the King Edward Barracks site will become a vibrant and vital link between Christchurch’s central retail area, Hagley Park, the Cultural Precinct and the Civic Building. Tenants announced so far include the New Zealand Government and EY. Further key international tenants will be announced shortly.


Construction commences – September 2015

Programmed completion – February 2017