Better streets & spaces  |  5 Aug 2019

Work on the final section of the Avon River Precinct – the Avon Loop – is expected to get under way later this year.

The Avon Loop is the section of Oxford Terrace between Kilmore Street and Fitzgerald Avenue. The area has been closed to traffic for many years due to earthquake damage, and most of the properties have been removed.

Ōtākaro Limited is in the process of completing the design for the Avon Loop and seeking tenders for construction.

“The Loop has become incredibly popular with pedestrians and dog walkers, and this work will make the area a safer, more pleasant place to be,” says Ōtākaro Chief Executive John Bridgman.

“A smooth, safe pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, boardwalk, canoe/kayak ramp, native planting and new lighting will be incorporated into the area, along with some car parking.”

The Avon Loop will connect the recently completed City Promenade to any future developments in the Residential Red Zone.

“People will be able to walk, bike or scooter along the Avon River all the way from the Health Precinct, past the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, The Terraces, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Victoria Square and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, right through to Fitzgerald Avenue.

“It will be a significant asset for the city as an alternative transport route, or as somewhere to take visitors to Christchurch,” says Mr Bridgman.

The design for the Avon Loop has been developed with input from Christchurch City Council and Matapopore Charitable Trust, to ensure the cultural significance of the area is respected. 

The cost, and start and finish dates, for the Avon Loop work will be determined in the coming months, when a main works contractor is appointed.