The i-SITE shares the space with the Department of Conservation. They are the first confirmed tenants for the building, with proposals now being sought for other available spaces within the heritage-listed, two storey building.
Owned and operated by Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism, the i-SITE is expected to attract 300,000 visitors each year. It was officially opened by Rt. Hon Prime Minister John Key on 9 December 2016 – his final official engagement before retiring. Read the full media release.
Arts Centre Chief Executive André Lovatt says the i-SITE is a natural fit for Worcester Boulevard given its proximity to numerous tourist destinations, including Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens.
“Attracting locals to the site remains our primary focus but, given our location, it’s ideal to have the city’s official i-SITE here. It will generate an enormous amount of foot traffic for the Arts Centre, and help to make Boys’ High a great opportunity for other specialty retail tenants.”
Boys’ High will open in stages, with the i-SITE and other ground floor businesses opening first, followed by the spaces on the first floor and mezzanine level.
The Arts Centre is currently seeking proposals for all other available spaces within the heritage-listed, two storey Boys’ High building. A café operator is being sought, along with creative industries that have a specialty retail focus, such as fashion, locally produced products, food and galleries.
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive Vic Allen says the i-SITE is the first port of call for many visitors to Christchurch and the South Island.
“Our dynamic new i-SITE promises to give both domestic and international visitors a complete visitor experience, and we are delighted to be working with DOC to offer the combined expertise of the i-SITE and DOC teams in one location,” he says.
“The design of the i-SITE introduces locals and visitors to the city’s diverse landscape and the many layers of cultural values and stories embedded in it.”
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism has worked with Ngāi Tūāhuriri’s Matapopore Charitable Trust to integrate striking cultural elements in to the design, including a narrative journey depicted in art and signage throughout the centre.