Christchurch Innovation Precinct
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee have announced the development of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct, which will bring together businesses and innovators alongside residential, retail, hospitality and cultural institutions to create a vibrant new heart of Christchurch.
Location and Spatial Framework
The Christchurch Innovation Precinct covers an area of approximately 3.6 hectares in the south-east corner of the Urban Frame and will be located within three city blocks bounded by Lichfield, Manchester, St Asaph, High, Tuam and Madras Streets.
The Spatial Framework sets the high-level urban design principles of the area, illustrating how buildings and spaces can be created to encourage interaction and innovative activity.
Vodafone will be key anchor tenant
Anchor tenant Vodafone will set up its main South Island office in the Innovation Precinct, as well as its first New Zealand based Xone incubator. The Xone incubator offers advice, support and assistance to technology start-ups focused on mobile platforms, consumer electronics, smart charging and automotive technologies.
Support for start-ups and early-stage firms
An innovation hub for innovative start-ups will be established inside the Precinct. The hub will offer a low-rent option for start-ups and help provide an ideal mix of small and large firms within the Precinct.
ICT Graduate School initiative
The Precinct will also play a key role in the Government’s new ICT Graduate School initiative, which was announced on 3 June. The initiative will see graduates, education providers and industry come together in the Innovation Precinct to work on meaningful ICT projects to grow the stock of ICT talent in the region.
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