The New Brighton Centre Master Plan aims to re-establish the centre as the heart of the community and be the key activity centre for the eastern suburbs. A revitalised, vibrant centre will attract people to ‘live, work and play’ in New Brighton.

New Brighton Mall concept

Indicative concept of the Brighton Mall upgrade looking west.

In 2015, the Council asked Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) to undertake the staged implementation of the New Brighton Centre Master Plan.  

Present status of the project information booklet(external link)

Date Actions
April-May 2012
Project set up 
Earthquake impacts assessed, technical information gathered and key stakeholders identified.
July 2012
Research, information gathering 
Focus group sessions with key stakeholders and residents held. Community’s values, needs, aspirations and priorities identified.
July 2012
Design & feasibility testing
Technical expert workshop held to combine and reconcile community’s values, needs, aspirations and priorities.
December 2012
Prepare draft master plan 
Draft master plan prepared. Approved by Council for public notification.
December 2012-February 2013
Public consultation held and 317 submissions received.
June 2013-February 2015
Follow up investigations, revisions 
Submissions analysed. Further investigations, including of economic feasibility of the proposed waterpark concept. Community Advisory Group established to aid master plan completion. Community Board recommendation not to hear submissions endorsed by Council.
March 2015
New Brighton Centre Master Plan adopted by Council.
April 2015 onwards
Actions implemented by community and Council (capital projects delivered as funding made available).
new brighton artist vision

Artist’s impression showing future vision for the New Brighton Centre.

The New Brighton Master Plan contains a strategic vision to reinvent New Brighton as Christchurch’s eastern playground.

The vision is supported by twenty three goals and four ‘big picture’ themes, which are to be delivered through nineteen detailed implementation actions.

These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision-making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence.

The vision, goals and actions are described in detail on pages 20, 23 and 26 of the New Brighton Centre Master Plan [PDF, 4.1 MB].

Key successes to date include:

  • Foreshore attractions including the beachside playground and splash pool (completed in December 2018) and He Puna Taimoana, an award-winning combination of open air hot pools, sauna, steam room and public beach-facing facilities (completed in 2020).
  • A streetscape upgrade of Marine Parade, between Hawke and Bereford Streets, designed and constructed in coordination with He Puna Taimoana (completed in 2020).
  • Transitional projects, including the Tiny Huts, the Art-O-Mat, Recreate, Re:Activate, and the Pump Track. 

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to page 31 in the New Brighton Centre Master Plan [PDF, 4.1 MB].

  • Oram Avenue extension through New Brighton Mall to Hawke Street, creating a dedicated retail and hospitality space.
  • Pilot to create a community-led arts hub in the former Roy Stokes Hall.
  • Housing development projects within walking distance to the commercial centre, including the Seaview Development of 75 townhouses on the former Central New Brighton School site and the Beresford Street development sites.
  • The Beach House – a complex of hospitality outlets, shops and an events venue on the corner of New Brighton Mall and Marine Parade.