Draft concept and key moves for the Square and surrounding area

Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre, and what it offers.

Regenerate Christchurch is working with our partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown, Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area. Our focus is on the area between Kilmore Street to the north and Hereford Street to the south, and between Cambridge Terrace to the west and Manchester Street to the east.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan sets out a clear vision for the Square – an international centre and the heart of our city, with year-round activity, day and night. It’s a vision for a 21st century city that points to a greener space, with buildings that inspire and activate, and a main square complemented by a series of smaller places.

Regenerate Christchurch is proposing a draft concept for the area to test some key moves we think will help stimulate investment and deliver a centre that showcases the very best of our city.

This is just a draft – a conversation starter to help get people talking about what we can do to improve the area, and how we should go about doing it.

We know we aren’t working with a blank canvas. This draft concept is based on what you’ve said through Share an Idea, as well as more recent reports, market research, targeted engagement with property owners and community input. Before we go any further, we need to hear from you.

Download a PDF of the draft concept and key moves.


Read the key moves below, then give your feedback.



Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre, and what it offers.

Regenerate Christchurch is working with our partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown, Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area. Our focus is on the area between Kilmore Street to the north and Hereford Street to the south, and between Cambridge Terrace to the west and Manchester Street to the east.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan sets out a clear vision for the Square – an international centre and the heart of our city, with year-round activity, day and night. It’s a vision for a 21st century city that points to a greener space, with buildings that inspire and activate, and a main square complemented by a series of smaller places.

Regenerate Christchurch is proposing a draft concept for the area to test some key moves we think will help stimulate investment and deliver a centre that showcases the very best of our city.

This is just a draft – a conversation starter to help get people talking about what we can do to improve the area, and how we should go about doing it.

We know we aren’t working with a blank canvas. This draft concept is based on what you’ve said through Share an Idea, as well as more recent reports, market research, targeted engagement with property owners and community input. Before we go any further, we need to hear from you.

Download a PDF of the draft concept and key moves.


Read the key moves below, then give your feedback.