The new “civic heart” of Rolleston

Town Centre design guidelines released

by Mike Isle

Planning for the Rolleston Town Centre has moved a step forward with the release by the council of design guidelines.

The guidelines set out a framework for the design of the new town centre and give guidance to developers who will be designing both private and public spaces and buildings within the area.

Council urban planner Gabi Wolfer said the Selwyn community is in a unique position to be able to develop its own town centre. “It will be a brand-new place we haven’t had to ‘revitalise’, but one we have actually crafted to the way we want it to be,” she said.

“The shaping of this exciting project comes with responsibilities to create the best possible place that we can all be proud of, and that will work for generations to come and enjoy.” The guidelines propose a series of public spaces, including the Tennyson Street ‘High Street’, which is seen as a traditional high street based around Te Ara Atea with a mix of small-scale retail and hospitality at ground level and opportunity for offices and other complementary uses upstairs. Wordsworth Street will be predominantly a shopping street anchored by a large format retailer.

The design also proposes a series of intimate laneways within four distinct quarters, which Ms Wolfer said would allow for a range of activities, each with its own bespoke design and character.

Initial preparatory work on the town centre is expected to start in the next two to three months.