Keeping the public informed.

Project progress

Ōtākaro delivers the Crown-led anchor projects and precincts in Christchurch as part of the city rebuild. The main objective of Ōtākaro’s website is to keep the public updated on the progress of these projects.

Breaking away from the norm

From first glance, you’ll notice this website does not follow traditional design features; the structure is very different. There is no traditional navigation along the top of the homepage. Instead, this website is inspired by newspaper layouts. Very fitting considering the first things you see on the homepage are essentially news articles; these connect users with the project page. For further clarity, each of these is tagged with the precinct or project it is part of. A menu, tucked away on the right hand side, links users to more generalised information about Ōtākaro, leaving the homepage free to be dedicated to the work they do.

For further clarity, each of these is tagged with the precinct or project it is part of. A menu, tucked away on the right hand side, links users to more generalised information about Ōtākaro, leaving the homepage free to be dedicated to the work they do.

A menu, tucked away on the right-hand side, links users to more generalised information about Ōtākaro, leaving the homepage free to be dedicated to the work they do.

Project information

Project pages have been designed to hero imagery, with content clear and to one side of the page. The ins and outs of the project on the right-hand side. There is also a project timeline feature so the public can see, at a glance, where the project is at and what activity has happened to get to this point.

Further down the homepage is an interactive map. Users can see what’s happening in different parts of the city and click on these areas to be taken to the project page. And below that all the projects are listed with a status update on them, eg. planning, construction, completed.

A beautiful balance

Perhaps one of the triumphs of this website is that despite its clean and clear layout, the sheer volume of information on this site is not overwhelming. Government related websites can sometimes be dry and not designed with the public in mind. This site is designed to be public facing and engaging; information is easily accessible and digestible.

Built in flexibility

Because the purpose of this website is about keeping the public informed and up to date, this website has been designed and developed to be very easily maintained and added to by Ōtākaro’s own staff on a regular basis.

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