The Square will once again be the civic heart of central Christchurch.
The place to be
Meet friends, brunch or lunch, listen to music, enjoy the city’s passing parade – the Square will always entertain.
Larger and smaller spaces
A main square will be bounded and complemented by a series of smaller squares, oriented toward activities around it. There will also be more trees and greenery.
A year-round space
Shading and shelter within the Square will be well managed. Lower buildings on the north side will allow more sunlight to penetrate, creating a warm, sheltered environment encouraging people to linger and enjoy the space.
Day and night
Civic facilities such as the Central Library and the Convention Centre will enliven the Square during the day. The return of entertainment facilities such as cinemas, performance spaces, cafés and restaurants will be encouraged, lending it vibrancy and ensuring it also remains a safe place at night.
Style and heritage
New buildings around the Square will enhance its distinctive Maltese cross shape and inspire, activate and frame the city’s civic heart. Other aspects of the Square will remain less certain while surrounding developments are considered. However, space will be kept for a new cathedral.
- a welcoming, interactive, entertaining space;
- shelter and shade throughout the seasons;
- offering day to night entertainment.