Rangiora project updates

Rangiora town centre updates

High Street upgrade updates

Rangiora town centre update evening

The Council held a Rangiora town centre update evening on Monday 2 May 2016 in the Rangiora Town Hall to provide an update about Rangiora's town centre progress, facilities, concept plans and development activity, business support and the Land Use Recovery Plan.  View the presentation from the town centre update evening.

High Street streetscape redesign

A number of improvements are being implemented in the Rangiora town centre. The realigning and signalising of the Cenotaph Corner intersection (High Street/Ivory Street/Ashley Street junction) has been completed, and High Street has been reconfigured to two-way traffic. Improvement work also includes enhancing pedestrian laneways and improving off-street car parking. These projects were signalled and approved in the Rangiora Town Centre Strategy, adopted by the Council in September 2010.

Realignment of Cenotaph Corner included landscaping the War Memorial site with a new two metre wide platform with steps leading up to the cenotaph, a grassed area, feature lighting on trees and the cenotaph, and wider paved surfaces for pedestrians to move within and across the site. This theming is complementary to the newly created green space at the north-east corner of the intersection, diagonally opposite the War Memorial site.The new traffic lights at Cenotaph Corner were switched on at an opening ceremony on 17 April 2015. 

Work currently underway

The green space area outside the Council offices has been upgraded, following the removal of the temporary retail units which were removed in March 2016. Paving has been laid and LED lighting bollards and seating has been installed.

Contractors are working in the area at the northern end of Conway Lane to build temporary footpaths to connect Conway Lane to Good Street and other laneways. These connections will remain in place until the Blake Street car park is redeveloped.

Over winter work will be underway to install ducting and new street lights along High Street. Work to upgrade sections of footpath will also be undertaken in conjunction with development where possible. 

The redesign of High Street includes:

  • Two-way traffic from Ashley Street to King Street
  • Parallel parking from Ashley Street to King Street
  • New footpaths from Ashley Street to King Street
  • Feature paving at crossing points and points of special interest
  • New street furniture, with the existing seats able to be refreshed and relocated to other parts of the district
  • A raised paved platform connecting the current Post Office crossing point to a new crossing point to be installed connecting the rebuilt Farmers to the new North of High laneway
  • Softening of the landscape along the south footpath with planter boxes and hedging at build-outs and crossing points
  • Refreshing and rationalising the metal fences along the north footpath
  • Paving, landscaping and street furniture will be included in the new laneway and the Good Street laneway.

View the parking concept plan (pdf, 552.1 KB).

North of High Street precinct

The Council is leading a project to develop a precinct bounded by High Street, Durham Street, Blake Street and Good Street incorporating new retail and office space, pedestrian laneways, public/green space and improved car parking at the Council owned off-street Blake Street car park.

The development of this plan follows a project outlined in the Rangiora Town Centre Strategy to enhance connectivity to the Blake Street car park, provide growth of the town centre to the north, and ensure character and quality of the built environment.

The preparation of the precinct plan was subject to stakeholder and public engagement and the Council approved the plan to be submitted to the Minister for Earthquake Recovery by 6 December 2014. The North of High Street redevelopment plan (pdf, 2.6 MB) provides more information.

Private sector redevelopment projects

There are various redevelopment projects underway in the Rangiora town Centre. While we endeavour to provide as much information as possible about town centre developments, the Council does not always have access to the most up-to-date details about private sector developments.

Farmers Rangiora

Work on the new Farmers store in Rangiora began in mid-July 2015 on the former site of the earthquake-damaged premises. The contract was awarded to North Island based construction company Watts and Hughes, and the store is due to open on Thursday 1 September 2016. The 5000 sq.m development will be more than twice the size of the previous building, cover two levels and will include other speciality stores such as Stevens, Pascoes, Whitcoulls and SpecSavers.