The Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) is the brainchild of Colin Andersen and Wil McLellan who having both experienced and witnessed the need for new workspace, after current offices were either demolished or unsafe due to the earthquake, took it one step further in suggesting this ambitious project. It might have been easier to simply move to a new office building, or exclusively built their own offices, but instead they proposed to local businesses and city council to use this as an opportunity. Why not built a innovative centre for local companies with the ability to share some of the resources?
By July 2011, only few months after the earthquake the city council was already on board with promise of a land for the venture and Google experts visited Christchurch to advise on the finer points in creating a collaborative hub. Tenants contracts were signed, with not nearly as many getting in as wanted. Huge backing came in BNZ sponsorship and government funding and countless local businesses supported the effort with volunteer work.
April 4th 2012 saw the on site work commencing on Stage 1 of the project, called EPIC Sanctuary and on November 23rd 2012 it was officially opened. With 18 tenants it is already flourishing giving a new energy to all that are so fortunate to be a part of it.
This is only the beginning though, as stage 2 is already on the drawing board, and head over to their website to read more about that: Sigma
I am lucky enough to have been asked to work on a short term project in this fantastic building, and can only hope that it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Here is a video of Wil McLellan talking at TEDxEQChCh about EPIC and the Disruptive Collaboration it represents.