Wigram Skies and Business Park

By Eliot Sinclair


The client

Wigram Skies is a large-scale residential subdivision (1700 lots) in Christchurch. It was developed by Ngāi Tahu Property Ltd, one of South Island’s largest developers, with whom we have a well-established and strong working relationship.

The challenge

The client wanted to create a high-quality community with an intimate urban village feel that would tie in with the surrounding district. It required a variety of lot sizes to mitigate edge effects to the adjoining properties and to offer more housing choices for new residents and those affected by the earthquakes. The client also wanted to create a development with a unique feel where the lots, road layout and interconnected open spaces have a distinct aesthetic.

The project had to comply with the minimum density requirement and create a highly marketable range of higher density through to larger, lower-density lots. We were also involved with the design and development of the adjoining Business Zone into a business park that was visually cohesive with the residential land uses.

The solution

We provided Ngāi Tahu Property with a full land development service package that enabled a seamless and high-quality design outcome. Our experienced urban design and planning teams were at the forefront of the early phases, informing all aspects of the design. With all our experts under one roof, daily communication was a smooth and straightforward process, saving the client time and cost.

We were involved from the initial conception of the project, which began with a plan change for the rezoning of the previous airbase. Following this, we prepared land use consents for global consents, site-specific consents, and several regional council consents. This stage also involved the development of the neighbouring Wigram Business Park - an industrial subdivision comprising 45 lots over a 24ha site.

The development also included the realignment and naturalisation of Paparua Stream.

Lower densities and open spaces around the edges of the development ensured any visual effects on surrounding properties were minimised. Pedestrian routes were integrated with open space and stormwater management, creating a series of multi-functional reserves well-used by the residents.

The experience gained from this unique large-scale development has allowed us to excel on similar MBIE-led projects, making us experts in delivering developments with higher than average yields.


  • Urban design
  • Planning
  • Civil and infrastructure engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Three waters engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Land surveying
  • Structural engineering (on site-specific allotments)
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Eliot Sinclair is a team of land and site development consultants. We’ve earned a reputation as a trusted partner capable of delivering numerous residential, industrial and commercial land developments, and construction projects of any size or complexity. 

Tap into the power of many talented surveyors, planners and engineers working together. Whether you need our services in isolation or as an efficient integrated partnership we have the ability to scale our integrated approach to match our client’s needs. With a long-standing connection to Canterbury and a South Island-wide client base, we bring decades of knowledge and experience to your project.