Cathedral Square and Surrounds

Revitalising Cathedral Square and the surrounding area is crucial to Christchurch’s overall regeneration. Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre and at the moment our centre needs some attention. While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square hasn’t seen the same level of activity or private investment.

We all acknowledge that we can’t do it alone – it’s going to take collective agreement on a vision and some actions, including investment and redevelopment, in order to kick-start redevelopment. Regenerate Christchurch is working with its statutory partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngāi Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy and action plan for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area (broadly, the area between Hereford, Cambridge, Kilmore and Manchester Streets).

We need a clear vision for the area. We also need to identify short and longer term actions to achieve this vision. The aim is to have a draft strategy developed before the end of the year.

In July / August 2017 we released for public feedback a draft concept and key moves for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area. You can read more about that here.

Support for proposed changes to the Square

A draft concept to bring more life to Cathedral Square and the surrounding area has attracted positive feedback.

In July, Regenerate Christchurch proposed five key moves to help stimulate investment and create a centre that showcases the very best of our city and 734 people, groups and organisations gave feedback.

Of those who gave feedback online, 48 per cent supported the draft concept, 36 percent said they liked it but had some concerns, and only 16 percent did not like it at all. Feedback was mostly positive about Cathedral Gardens and more green spaces; discouraging through traffic and introducing water and natural ecosystems. The main concerns were about building on the Square and changing the cruciform shape of the Square.

We welcome the positive public response to the draft concept, which was based on what people have already said through Share an Idea, as well as more recent research, community feedback and the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. This feedback will inform the regeneration strategy we are currently preparing, which will provide advice and recommendations to the Crown and Council including actions, timeframes, costs and priorities.

Revitalising Cathedral Square and the surrounding area is crucial to Christchurch’s overall regeneration. Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre and at the moment our centre needs some attention. While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square hasn’t seen the same level of activity or private investment.

We all acknowledge that we can’t do it alone – it’s going to take collective agreement on a vision and some actions, including investment and redevelopment, in order to kick-start redevelopment. Regenerate Christchurch is working with its statutory partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngāi Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy and action plan for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area (broadly, the area between Hereford, Cambridge, Kilmore and Manchester Streets).

We need a clear vision for the area. We also need to identify short and longer term actions to achieve this vision. The aim is to have a draft strategy developed before the end of the year.

In July / August 2017 we released for public feedback a draft concept and key moves for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area. You can read more about that here.

Support for proposed changes to the Square

A draft concept to bring more life to Cathedral Square and the surrounding area has attracted positive feedback.

In July, Regenerate Christchurch proposed five key moves to help stimulate investment and create a centre that showcases the very best of our city and 734 people, groups and organisations gave feedback.

Of those who gave feedback online, 48 per cent supported the draft concept, 36 percent said they liked it but had some concerns, and only 16 percent did not like it at all. Feedback was mostly positive about Cathedral Gardens and more green spaces; discouraging through traffic and introducing water and natural ecosystems. The main concerns were about building on the Square and changing the cruciform shape of the Square.

We welcome the positive public response to the draft concept, which was based on what people have already said through Share an Idea, as well as more recent research, community feedback and the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. This feedback will inform the regeneration strategy we are currently preparing, which will provide advice and recommendations to the Crown and Council including actions, timeframes, costs and priorities.

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