Christchurch UniMed Construction

The recent start to construction of UniMed Insurance's new commercial building in Gloucester Street, Christchurch, herald's the company's pending, and long awaited, return to its pre-earthquake CBD site.

Due for completion in early 2015, the flagship four-storey structure will provide flexible ground floor retail space together with three floors of office space, the top floor being occupied by UniMed.

As UniMed's project and construction manager, Signal managed the initial feasibility, concept and resource consent planning phase. Signal is now onsite managing the construction and commissioning phase of the project having secured building consent from the Christchurch City Council (CCC) and completed the competitive tendering of the project to over 30 separate trade packages.

During the planning process the purchase of additional land on either side of the original UniMed site enhanced the feasibility of the development creating economies of scale in terms of design, utility and construction.

In addition, BASE and NABERS sustainability elements have been incorporated into the design which complements CCC's Target Sustainability Project, while negotiation of a mutually acceptable financial arrangement with Orion has enabled the location of an Orion substation at the rear of the site.

Unlike many sites in the Christchurch CBD where deep piled building foundations are required, the UniMed building has a standard foundation design as the site is located, geotechnically, in an oasis of good gravels.

Further background to the project is outlined in the 'Projects' section of this website (click here).

Colliers International is the letting agent for the development: contact Will Franks 027 250 0130 or Ryan Geddes 021 395 518 (


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