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Urban renewal tipped for large development site in Christchurch

Urban renewal tipped for large development site in Christchurch

A large tract of land that was once home to Christchurch secondary school Marian College, is being tipped as ripe for urban housing renewal.

Covering 17,737sq m in two titles, the development site is in the north-east of North Parade in the suburb of Richmond, is being sold by the Catholic Diocese.

Marian College was founded on the site in 1982 after a merger between two Catholic secondary schools for girls, St Mary's College and McKillop College. Marian relocated to temporary premises in Barbadoes Street after the earthquakes and will open a new school in the north west in 2023.

Hamish Doig, managing director of Colliers in Christchurch, is marketing the property in conjunction with Will Franks.

Doig said the sale of the now surplus land would help fund the rebuild of Marian.

“This is a significant development site that will we believe will have particular appeal for residential developers. Large blocks of bare land in or near the CBD are being snapped up by developers for medium density housing. This block is already zoned Residential Suburban and has the benefit of being surrounded by significant infrastructure and amenity.

”We’ve never seen as much pressure for residential land as we have at the moment with multiple bids on all available land that we’re taking to the market. Developers are typically selling all their assets from the plans before beginning construction, putting them in a very strong position for acquiring more.”

The total offering comprises 16,030sq m at 126 North Parade and 1507sq m at 37 Poulton Ave. It is for sale by deadline private treaty, closing March 31.

With access also available from Poulton Avenue, the property overlooks Richmond Park, and is surrounded by the established residential suburbs of Shirley, Dallington, Edgeware, Avonside all close to the Christchurch CBD, as well as key commercial amenities including The Palms Shopping Centre being close to main public transport routes.


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Hamish Doig

Managing Director

Christchurch (Agency)

Managing Director of Colliers International in Christchurch (South Island Commercial  Ltd) and a Director of Colliers International in New Zealand.

Born and bred in Christchurch, I am committed to the redevelopment of the city and its thriving future.  I'm currently working with many of Christchurch’s leading investors and tenants as they view future opportunities.  

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Will Franks

Investment Sales Broker

Christchurch (Agency)

Will Franks is involved in all aspects of investment sales in Christchurch. He has recently moved from retail leasing, where he worked on bulk retail projects through to substantial inner city developments as part of the new 8ha CBD retail precinct. Will hails from a valuation background, having previously worked with the Colliers Valuation teams in Christchurch and Wellington. He is a former research analyst with the agency team and has a B.Com (Marketing) from the University of Canterbury and a post graduate diploma in valuation from Lincoln University. Will has excelled as a commercial sales and leasing broker, building a track record of successful lease negotiations and investment sales. These include: 26 Belfast Road; BP acquisition; More Mobility; Hannah’s Footwear; NZ Safety; Foodstuffs site acquisition; Bedpost; 1-5 Amyes Road retail centre; and 105 Blenheim Road. Further transactions and market evidence available on request.

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