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Have your say on proposed plans for Cathedral Square

Wednesday, August 09, 2017   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery, rebuild

Cathedral Square could be reshaped into three lively gathering places, each with its own character and purpose, as part of a plan to bring more life to the area.

The main event space for Cathedral Square.The three proposed gathering places – Cathedral Gardens, Post Office Square and The Library Plaza - could each have the infrastructure and facilities needed to host a range of events. They would be linked by a continuous water feature and native landscaping.

The idea of re-shaping the Square was unveiled on 31st July 2017 by Regenerate Christchurch. It is only a draft concept at this stage.

Find out more out the proposed plans for Cathedral Square, including how to give feedback. The public have until Monday 21st August 2017 to give their feedback.

Regenerate Christchurch has been working with property owners, as well as its partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngai Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy for the central city area between Kilmore St to the north and Hereford St to the south, and between Cambridge Tce to the west and Manchester St to the east.

As part of the process of developing a regeneration strategy by the end of this year, Regenerate Christchurch has created a draft concept for the area to test some key moves to help stimulate investment, achieve the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan’s vision, and showcase the very best of our city, says Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta.

“Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre, and what it offers. We want to catalyse improvements to the area," Mr Iafeta says.

“We aren’t working with a blank canvas. This draft concept is based on the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and on what people have said through Share an Idea, as well as more recent research and community feedback calling for a greener and more lively space that can host events."

The Library Plaza in Cathedral Square.The five proposed key moves are:

  • Reshaping the Square to create more lively public spaces
  • Framing the Square with structures and buildings that can stimulate the arts, creative enterprises, knowledge and education
  • Improving connectivity to, through and around the area
  • Upgrading the streets and lanes between hubs of activities
  • Integrating water and the indigenous ecosystem into the streets and public spaces

The draft concept for Cathedral Square does not affect any work that is already underway or planned for the area.

A map showing the proposed lay-out of Cathedral Sqaure.

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