Frontage: An artist's impression of the Park Street Gardens


A three-storey apartment building’s being proposed for a high-profile Park Street site opposite the Queenstown Gardens.

Park Street Gardens Ltd, a Christchurch-based company with familial links to a property development and construction giant headquartered in Beijing, applied last week for resource consent for the building on a 3500 square metre site encompassing five titles.

To be designed by Christchurch’s MAP Architects, it would have 15 apartments for residential or short-term visitor accommodation use, with 14 of them having a smaller connecting flat.

The apartments’ floor areas would range from 133sqm to 148sqm, while the flats would vary in size from 58sqm to 67sqm.

The application says the site now has four older houses, in various physical conditions, which ‘‘do not exhibit high aesthetic values’’.

MAP’s design statement says the site’s size provides an opportunity for an ‘‘architectural form of significance and style that is befitting of the heritage and character values of the site’’.

The street-facing facade of the building, which would also have a 138sqm communal ‘‘rooftop pavilion’’, would consist of a series of gable forms, clad in dark-stained cedar weatherboards and timber-shuttered precast concrete, on either side of a schist-clad section at a bend in the road.

Large setbacks would not only maintain the amenity values of neighbours, but provide private and communal outdoor spaces for residents and visitors, the application says.

Park Street Gardens is a subsidiary of Huadu Inter national Management Group, owned by businessman Jianping Wang, which has been active in property development in Christchurch since the mid-2000s.

Wang’s the son of Zhiguo Wang, founder of Beijing-based Huadu Group, one of China’s larger privately-owned, family-run property development and construction companies.