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Legacy Series: Broad Oaks

Setting a new standard for hillside development in Christchurch, Broad Oaks includes many new design features and site-specific engineering solutions.


A residential hillside development is never easy. This major 280 section/35 hectare development rising from the Heathcote River to the top of Huntsbury, with the need for two pump houses, two water reservations plus a large complex stormwater treatment system, was no exception.

The Coronation Hospital complex had originally occupied the lower part of the site. While the buildings had been demolished, old sewers, storm water ducts, manholes, sumps, foundations and refuse pits remained. The site was also very steep with many beautiful trees that the client wanted to retain, where at all possible.

Initial work involved fully clearing the Coronation Hospital complex site. Roads, sections, retaining walls, and right of ways were designed to preserve the most desirable trees. Each building site was created to maximise panoramic views and achieve a high standard of vehicular access.

Our subdivision concepts, together with a range of site-specific engineering solutions, set a new standard for hillside development in Christchurch.

We were presented with the NZ Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) most prestigious award for the “concept and design” of Broad Oaks. This was also acknowledged by the placement of a combative plaque at the entrance of Major Aitken Drive.


Fox & Associates deal with a wide range of projects from boundary definitions to urban design. We don’t have a formula, or a one size fits all approach as every project offers the chance to do something unique or different. 

The projects we take the most pride in are legacy projects. A legacy project is defined as a project that achieves recognition through innovation and is often long-lived, large or complex.

Our Legacy Series aims to share insights and perspectives on some of our favourite legacy projects. But most of all, it’s about inspiring you to unlock and fully realise the potential of your project or land development.

As a growing series, further legacy projects will be added on a regular basis, so keep your eye on our blog, visit our office to see our ‘Legacy Wall’ or join our mailing list for updates.

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