Manchester Street

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Central Christchurch

Manchester Street

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Central Christchurch

Manchester Street

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Multi-unit, site challenges, calm

Sometimes everything works in your favour and other times…

Our client purchased this site on Manchester Street, in the heart of Christchurch, with the goal of building six 3 bedroom townhouses, each designed for optimum calm and privacy with sheltered outdoor retreat spaces.

So many townhouses are crushed together in the city and yet the homes in this development have great, private outdoor spaces which allow the homes to expand out to make the most of the sun yet not feel overlooked or enclosed by the surrounding city. Having outdoor living on multiple aspects provides a greater feeling of space.

Not all sections are created equal and sometimes we need to be really creative to come up with the right result. Built in the heart of Christchurch City, these townhouses are on an exceptionally tight site which slopes down from the road. Our challenges included getting the stormwater out and using smart design choices such as white plastered walls to maximise the refracted light and make the development feel less intense and more traditional.

To increase the sense of space in each house, we utilised L shaped kitchens and made the maximised storage space with large, built-in cabinetry.

The overall result has been highly successful and unique within the city.

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Vincent and his team at Bespoke Architecture have been designing houses and units for our company Buildfirst Ltd for over 16 Years. This started initially with plans for house alterations and has grown over the years to encompass standalone executive townhouses, multi-unit central city townhouses and apartment blocks, and commercial fitouts. Bespoke have always been pragmatic in the way they look at projects and are always able to achieve a desirable aesthetic along with a practical path for building.

I highly recommended Vincent and his team to undertake every aspect of your building projects.      


Justin Thornley

Builder and Developer

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