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New radio advertisements for The Cantabrian

You may have heard more about The Cantabrian on the radio lately. We're spreading the word about our concept home, and encouraging everybody to come, look around and get inspired.

Click the links below to hear our latest radio advertisements for The Cantabrian.

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Concept for TC3 land wins favour - The Press, Saturday 28th June

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Concept for TC3 land wins favour - The Press, Saturday 28th June

A showhome built to promote a prize-winning home design has had more than 1500 visitors in a matter of weeks.

The Christchurch showhome is The Cantabrian, built from a design intended as suitable and affordable to build on TC3 land.

The design was chosen when state-owned Southern Response, set up to handle claims for collapsed AMI Insurance policyholders, held a design contest with the New Zealand Institute of Architects last year.

The winner was a design by Nelson-based architect Richard Sellars. His design has now been built for the first time as a showhome open for public viewing in the suburb of St Albans.

The Cantabrian has been approved to be built anywhere in the country with only consents for site-specific foundation and services needed.

House building companies are already looking to launch their own version of the house. All homes carrying The Cantabrian brand will need to be endorsed by Southern Response.

One company, Jennian Homes, has already developed its own version of the house and will build the first in the Christchurch suburb of South New Brighton.

Southern Response chief executive Peter Rose expects other housing companies will follow.

"What began as a technical response to building on vulnerable land has developed into very real solution for safer, smarter and more secure houses for Cantabrians," Rose said.

"To see a building company so enthused by the concept to commercialise it, is just fantastic."

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Southern Response Unveils New Generation Of Canterbury Home

Southern Response Unveils New Generation Of Canterbury Home

Rebuild solutions for TC3 landowners have taken on a whole new lease of life this week with the unveiling of The Cantabrian, an architecturally designed concept home.  The Cantabrian has been designed specifically for construction on challenging land to deliver greater structural integrity to the house in the event of seismic activity.

 

A modern take on the quintessential New Zealand bungalow, The Cantabrian concept home is the inspiration of Southern Response and Nelson-based architect Richard Sellars. 

 

Born out of a commitment by Southern Response to provide people with a solution for TC3 rebuilds that is not only structurally robust, but also appealing and attainable for the average person. The Cantabrian concept home is the result of a design competition run in association with the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 2013.

 

The brief was based around a build solution for a typical TC3 property and had to meet challenges such as structural integrity, land conditions and principles of modern living. Forty-seven entries were received from registered architects from around the country.

 

“We were initially inspired by the Queenslander, which is a style of house built for the Queensland conditions. We wanted to develop something that was appropriate for the prevailing conditions here in Canterbury”, says Peter Rose, CEO of Southern Response.

“What began as a technical response to building on vulnerable land developed into a very real solution for safer, smarter and more secure houses for Cantabrians.”

 

Pip Cheshire, President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, says the NZIA was keen to support this project because of its potential social worth to the Christchurch community and communities elsewhere in New Zealand.

 

“This competition was an ideal vehicle for bringing the knowledge and ideas of New Zealand architects to Christchurch. Architects, through their years of training, are well versed in the art of manipulating available site conditions and materials to maximize the benefits to occupants. As the wonderful entries in this competition showed, architects are keenly interested in designing better buildings, not bigger. Richard’s winning design, in particular, is a very smart, flexible and adaptable piece of work.” 

 

Southern Response was so impressed by Richard Sellars’ design, that they translated it into a concept home that all Cantabrians could gain inspiration from.  Constructed of lighter weight materials with specifically engineered foundations, the architectural influence has brought a clever and creative use of space and a contemporary design not always found in houses of this price bracket.

 

“The competition provided me with the opportunity to design a warm, comfortable, light-filled home for the people of my home town.  I have employed three key principles in this design; Light, simplicity and spatial comfort. These are qualities that I would want to live with”, says Sellars.  

 

“I was inspired to enter because I believe that every house, no matter how small the budget or footprint, should be well-designed and placed carefully on the land.”

 

Construction of The Cantabrian began in late 2013 on the St Albans site.  The site is representative of a typical TC3 site, both in terms of its shape and geotechnical performance. Housing New Zealand (HNZ), which owns the Cranford Street site, agreed to lease the land to Southern Response to help kick-start The Cantabrian project.

 

Canterbury Earthquake Redevelopment general manager Paul Commons says HNZ fully supported The Cantabrian concept, adding another strand in delivering new and improved housing solutions to the Christchurch region.

“We are really pleased to be part of this exciting and innovative project’’ Mr Commons said.

 

The Cantabrian concept home design has pre-approved building consent (known as multi-proof) which delivers greater efficiency in the entire build process and a shorter construction period overall. As a multi-proof design, The Cantabrian concept can be built anywhere in New Zealand, requiring only site-specific foundation and services details to be consented by the local authority.

 

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Chief Architect Duncan Joiner says the concept home is the sort of innovative approach to housing the Ministry is encouraging across the country, and also showcases the contribution architects can make to mass housing.

 

“Architects can play a key role in designing comfortable, safe and attainable homes,” Dr Joiner says. “The Cantabrian is a model for the next generation of housing, not just for Canterbury, but nationwide.”

 

“The Cantabrian concept home is a starting point, not an end in itself”, says Rose.  “Other versions of The Cantabrian will undoubtedly evolve within the structural framework of this new style of home.  It is an exciting beginning for future Cantabrian homes,” he added.

Winner Announced

Winner Announced

Richard Sellars of Nelson-based Continuum Architecture Ltd is the winner of Southern Response's architectural design competition for The Cantabrian home, organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

The Cantabrian has been specifically designed for rebuilding on TC3 sites and could
become as characteristic of Canterbury as the Queenslander is of Queensland.  Southern Response will promote The Cantabrian design with its customers and its panel of builders for future rebuilds in Canterbury.

Forty-seven entries were received from architects from all over New Zealand.  They were responding to a challenge to members of the New Zealand Institute of Architects to design the next generation of housing in Canterbury, with particular regard to the challenges of TC3 land zones and future performance in earthquakes.  The competition brief was based on Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment (formerly Department of Building and Housing) TC3 guidelines on shape, lighter construction materials and sustainability.

"Southern Response is proud to be able to share these creative and inspiring designs with all Cantabrians.  They demonstrate what can be achieved when rebuilding homes on TC3 land in the city," said Peter Rose, Chief Executive of Southern Response.  "Our congratulations go to all of the entrants."

David Hill, Chair of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in "providing a legacy of post earthquake exemplar houses on TC3 land.  We are thrilled to be part of this legacy and are looking forward to seeing the designs being constructed and occupied," he said.

Richard Sellars, the winning architect, said: "I was inspired to enter the competition because I believe that every house, no matter how small the budget or footprint, should be well-designed and placed carefully on the land.  This competition provided me with the opportunity to design a warm, comfortable, light-filled home for the people of my home town. We have a wonderful chance to ensure the same amount of careful thought and cooperative planning goes into the design of our neighbourhoods as goes into our important
civic spaces."