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Dress circle bowling club land offers diverse development options

Dress circle bowling club land offers diverse development options

The merger of Elmwood Park and St Albans bowling clubs has prompted the decision to sell a substantial residential zoned site in Christchurch’s upmarket suburb of Merivale.

The two clubs joined forces in 2018 and have been using both facilities since then. Now, they have the opportunity to locate solely to Elmwood’s nearby Heaton St site, rebuild its pavilion, which is being demolished this month, and sow a much-needed additional new green next winter.

These plans have paved the way for the sale of the 5,107sq m site at 5 Donald Place, just off St Albans Street, in the heart of Merivale.

Investment Sales Broker Courtney Doig, of Colliers in Christchurch, says there are few such parcels of land in Merivale.

“There is a real lack of large-scale development sites remaining in this tightly held Merivale position. The Residential Medium Density zoning makes it ripe for a variety of uses and we’ve seen how much demand there is for well-located bare land in Christchurch,” Doig says.

“This is a dress circle location and presents a unique opportunity to acquire a significant land holding representing a blank canvas for the seasoned developer or occupier.

“There are a multitude of development options available including a large scale residential multi dwelling, preschool, healthcare facility, or boutique retirement village.”

The site, with a 60m frontage onto Donald Pl, is strategically located within 200m as the crow flies to Merivale Mall and a short 3.5km to the city. It’s located in Christchurch’s most favourable school zones, including Christchurch Boys’ High School, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Heaton Intermediate, and Elmwood Normal alongside nearby independent schools St Margaret’s College, Selwyn House, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, St Andrew’s College, Cathedral Grammar, and Christ’s College.

St Albans Bowling Club was established at Donald Place in 1902. Its pavilion was rebuilt during the 1968 Wahine storm. Dwindling numbers prompted the merger with Elmwood Park, with the combined membership now standing at 140.

President Peter Smith says while the sale marks the end of an era, members are excited about having their facilities located on one site and the amenity a new pavilion will bring.

The property is for sale by deadline private treaty, closing 3 September.


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Courtney Doig

Investment Sales Broker

Christchurch (Agency)

Courtney has won multiple national awards and is recognised as one of the star performers at Colliers. She is widely respected for her initiative, tenacity, and professionalism. 

During the past year, she negotiated more than $94 million of investment sales including a diverse variety of commercial buildings and ‘as is where is’ body corporates.

Rising to the top of the industry in a short time, Courtney was named Colliers International Rookie of the Year in 2014, after achieving the highest revenue of all new brokers. Since then she’s added Colliers International Managing Director’s Award in 2011 & again in 2013, followed by the REINZ Commercial & Industrial Rising Star of the Year in 2014 and General Manager’s Award in 2017. In 2018 she was recognised as the winner of the RICS Women of the Built Environment which promotes positive contribution to the property industry.

Courtney is the dominant broker in body corporate ‘as is where is’ sales, implicitly understanding the complexities of this sector. 

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Hamish Doig

Managing Director

Christchurch (Agency)

Hamish is Managing Director of Colliers International in Christchurch. He is regarded as one of the most influential and well-connected investment brokers in the South Island and one of the most successful in New Zealand.

Hamish is a trusted advisor to his many high-profile clients, proactively building value into their portfolios by identifying investment opportunities. A strategic thinker, he is always solutions focused and sees opportunities where others see challenges. 

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