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Master planning the Tait business Campus

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Hughes Developments Limited


Creating a high tech business campus was the dream of The Tait Foundation in Christchurch. We master planned the site development of the project, creating a stunning setting for the new HQ building; and a subdivision with over 3.3 hectares of serviced business land in three large lots.


  • Urban design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Land development engineering
  • Planning
  • Surveying

Project completion


Total project value

$15 million

Creating a high tech business campus modelled on Silicon Valley was the dream of The Tait Foundation in Christchurch. Hughes Developments commissioned us to design a masterplan to showcase the Tait HQ centrepiece building, incorporating the design and implementation of adjacent infrastructure, including parking, stormwater and attractive outdoor spaces, together with marketable land parcels on the remaining areas.

The dream became reality in 2015 when the signature Tait Campus HQ building and its beautiful landscaped grounds on nine hectares were opened by the Prime Minister.

Our work

To unlock the value of Tait’s landholding and its vision of a shared park-like environment, our urban designers created a plan using 3D visualisations. These rationalised the HQ building’s outdoor spaces, and created three large business lots and a new access road. Our landscape architects provided detailed layout and hard and soft landscape design for the HQ building surrounds. Our civil engineers designed a storm water solution, a public road and infrastructure for the new lots, and managed all compliance and consents for the HQ building surroundings. Their work included contract observation services, and council quality certification. Our planners obtained all resource and subdivision consents and our surveyors completed all the surveying associated with creating the new business lots.


Cited as a positive example of the Christchurch rebuild by the Prime Minister, the $15 million development provides a stunning setting for the Tait HQ to showcase its operation to international and domestic clients. The new public road and over 3.3 hectares of serviced business land in three large finished lots, has maximised the value of the Foundation’s landholding.

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