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State-of-the art engineering and design elements have been combined in the new building behind the heritage façade of the former Junction Hotel building on Rangiora’s High Street, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Doocey brought Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee to Waimakariri on Friday to be the first to view the new building behind the façade, which was retained when the building was demolished as earthquake-prone in 2014.

“Aesthetics and modern engineering have been combined to produce a very exciting building that will add value to Rangiora’s vibrant High Street, reinforcing the message that Waimakariri is open for business,” Doocey said.

Doocey acknowledged the work done by Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers and the council in supporting the strengthening and retaining of the façade, and in working closely with the building’s owner, Huang Than Lam, to keep the historic façade.

Doocey said the new building would form a health and beauty hub, incorporating a new Sushi Train eatery, a designer yogurt store and a hair and nail salon, and would be a natural flow on from the new retail development Conway Lane and Farmers, which is re-opening in spring.

“What really impressed was the space. The aesthetics are in keeping with the beauty of the façade. This is going to be a great drawcard and supports Waimakariri in being a destination of choice. It’s further evidence that Waimakariri has a clear plan and a bright future,” Doocey said.

The Junction Hotel was given Landmarks status in 2001.

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