Lauren Semple leads our resource management team and has 25 years’ experience in the consenting of large scale development projects. Lauren has successfully consented, among other things, a number of high profile and complex projects including the new Acute Services building at Christchurch Hospital, the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, the AMI Stadium in Christchurch and the 2 largest residential subdivisions in the South Island (Prestons and Pegasus).
Lauren combines her legal knowledge with an in-depth understanding of the development sector, offering pragmatic and highly effective strategies to accelerate the consenting of major projects.
This purpose built precinct will bring Christchurch’s justice and emergency services together on one site in central Christchurch. It is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history.
Greenwood Roche advised the Ministry of Justice regarding the resource management aspects of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct. This project is one of a number of anchor projects we are involved in.
Over the coming years, the Burwood Health Campus and Christchurch Hospital will undergo a $650 million re-development, the largest investment in public health facilities in New Zealand.
Greenwood Roche has successfully assisted the Ministry of Health in obtaining consent for the Burwood hospital redevelopment and a designation for the new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital. The designation has been progressed utilising the provisions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act and has required a very thorough and careful assessment of the tests within that Act.
The hospital project is the third significant development project within Christchurch City that Greenwood Roche has successfully accelerated via the provisions of the Recovery Act.
The AMI Stadium has a 25,000 person capacity and was identified by the Government as a critical project to enable national and international sporting events to be held in Christchurch while the construction of a new permanent stadium was undertaken.
Lauren Semple was part of the project team assembled by the Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE) to facilitate the construction of the temporary stadium. The Government announced an ambitious timeframe for completion of the project and Lauren’s role was to obtain all required consents for the stadium so that construction could commence at the start of 2012.
With new legislation to navigate, Lauren’s role included providing advice on the legal strategy and leading the planning team to enable the stadium to obtain consents within an extremely tight timeframe.
An important part of meeting post-earthquake Canterbury’s residential needs, the Prestons Road subdivision in Christchurch will provide over 2,500 sections.
We acted for the joint venture developer on obtaining the necessary consents for this major project.
The government has, as one of its key priorities, the recovery and rebuild of Canterbury following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
Greenwood Roche advised the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority on anchor projects to assist with the recovery, including the health precinct, the south frame and the east frame.
Otakaro was established in April 2016 to take over some of the functions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, and Greenwood Roche continues to advise on various rebuild projects. We have assisted Otakaro with the development and associated property matters relating to the north, south and east frames, Margaret Mahy playground, the CTV memorial site, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, the Farmers’ Market and Rauora Park.
Partner, Greenwood Roche 2012 –
Partner, Anderson Lloyd 1999 – 2012
Solicitor, Anderson Lloyd 1990 – 1999
Chartered Member, Institute of Directors
Crown appointee, Christchurch Stadium Trust
Crown appointee, Otago Community Trust
Chair, St Hilda's Board of Trustees
Director, Mercy Hospital Limited
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Lauren is primarily based in Christchurch.
Physical: Level 3, 1 Kettlewell Lane
680-690 Colombo Street
Mail: PO Box 139
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