An image shared on the Rebuild Christchurch Facebook page over the weekend appeared to reveal flooding at the website of the city's earthquake memorial.The reflective space selected for Christchurch's earthquake memorial site will at times be flooded by the river, the Crown says.
The website of the $11 million earthquake memorial walls previously called the Riverside Promenade was undersea following heavy rain on Saturday.
Water being pumped at the Earthquake Memorial site along the Avon River.It has actually stirred fears that flooding will be a regular event at the memorial, which is intended to be a reflective space to honor victims of the Canterbury earthquakes.
About 30 millimeters of rain fell in Christchurch on Saturday, which caused the Avon river to swell into the website.The degree of the flooding was clear in an image shared on the Rebuild Christchurch Facebook page, which showed the water before it was drained.
Many commenters questioned the appropriateness of the location and the result flooding would have on the memorial's visual value and usability.? Landscape architect Di Lucas stated it showed there seemed an inequality in between the design and the location.
She said the design brief needed space for big gatherings, but the location an intimate bend of the river did not naturally enable such a space.
" They were required to have this big event location for events ... do you pick a gorgeous length of river for a big event space?"The website was on top of a point where the Avon river split, implying the memorial was being improved top of an old waterway.
" They're creating a wall to celebrate a natural event [an earthquake] by sort of damming an old department in the river," Lucas said.
" It shouldn't exist. Symbolically, it's wrong."
Inner city tasks have been battling with the city's higher water table following the earthquakes, which has actually increased the danger of flooding in some areas.Some work at the memorial is being carried out below the water level, implying water has to be pumped from the website continuously.
Otakaro Limited, the Crown company managing the task, stated the riverside location was selected because it was easily available and could accommodate someone looking for peaceful reflection or events with many people.
Bereaved relative wanted a memorial to include water and green space, a spokesperson said.
" A vital function of the design is to enable individuals the chance to touch the water," he said.
" It will flood occasionally and it is designed to manage this."
The design, by Slovenian designer GregaVezjak, was ranked 2nd of 6 finalists after public feedback and input from the families of quake victims.The favored Memorial Ribbon Wall design was not chosen because it would not have sufficient space for public gatherings and would require security in the evening.
The memorial is due for conclusion early next year.
A higher water table following the earthquakes has actually shown difficult to manage for inner-city projects.
Not far from the earthquake memorial, work at Antony Gough's river-side advancement The Terrace was postponed after the prepared under-ground parking area proved unfeasible due to the higher water level. There will now be a separate above-ground parking building.
A similar underground car park considered for Cathedral Square was dropped for the very same reason.
At the Isaac Theatre Royal, a bore was drilled in 2014 to fend off the rising water table, and the rebuilt Fitzgerald Ave has actually been routinely flooded by the Avon.