Christchurch’s growing Halswell area will soon have a state-of-the-art neighbourhood centre and Green Star rated supermarket, with Countdown confirming details for the new development.
The recently consented Halswell development is one of Countdown’s largest to date with a total area of 3.4ha. It is planned to include a 3,490sqm supermarket, medical centre, childcare facility, gym, and other retail and hospitality venues along with a residential development of more than 250 homes and a two-storey apartment building.
The development is also expected to boost local employment throughout construction, and when the centre opens. The Countdown store alone will bring over 100 new jobs to the area with the other community and retail facilities expected to create many more opportunities for locals.
Countdown’s Director of Property, Matt Grainger says Countdown is delighted to have been granted resource consent to bring this exciting, new development to Halswell.
“The Halswell area has grown considerably over the last few years with plenty of residential development taking place. We’re really excited to be investing in the next chapter for this thriving area and delivering a place that has the needs of its growing community at its heart.
“The development’s design has a modern, contemporary feel with a distinctly local touch – we’re proud of the work we’ve done with our partners to make sure it fits the needs and style of the area,” says Grainger.
The new Countdown store included in the centre, Countdown Halswell, will also be a Green Star rated supermarket meaning it has been designed, and will be built and operate, in an environmentally-conscious way that meets international Green Star certification standards.
Green Star is an internationally-recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities. Countdown opened New Zealand’s first Green Star supermarket in Richmond in June this year.
The Halswell development will be built in a number of stages with the planning for detailed design and associated infrastructure now underway. Countdown is planning to partner with local businesses to help bring the new centre to life.