13 Jun 2018

Pavilions proposed plan for Cathedral Square

1:32 pm on 13 June 2018

A plan has been released for Christchurch's Cathedral Square which includes a proposal for a large interconnection pavilion.

Plans for Cathedral Square

Plans for Cathedral Square Photo: Regenerate Christchurch

The plan is one of the anchor projects for the regeneration of Christchurch, and covers the square and surrounding streets but not the damaged Cathedral.

The plan has been released by the government agency, Regenerate Christchurch which said it intended to return Cathedral Square to its original purpose as a gathering place.

The plan, which was developed over 18 months, proposed creating distinct areas within the square with some intended for open-air events and other areas becoming family friendly landscaped gardens.

The events spaces would be Post Office Place, which could hold up to 10,000 people, and Library Plaza which could hold up to 5000 people. Library Plaza would border the new Central Library which is due to open later this year.

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Photo: Regenerate Christchurch

These areas would be a mix of paved and green spaces.

The design included an option for three interconnected lattice-style pavilions, which resemble upturned baskets.

The plan said the problems with the square at the moment are a lack of people, a lack of central city residents and the large open spaces with poor outdoor event space.

Regenerate Christchurch said the next step was to assess options, develop a funding strategy and work with the Christchurch City Council to deliver the strategy.

Chief executive Ivan Iafeta said while the vision for the physical regeneration of the square is aspirational in terms of design, the social regeneration of the square is achievable sooner and should be prioritised.

"There is already significant investment occurring around the square. The most practical way to support that investment is to commit to a long-term vision over time while in the meantime, getting more happening there and making it a place for the people again."

He said the regeneration of the square will need to be delivered in stages as funding and other developments allow.

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