About the project
This project is part of Wellington’s exciting Laneway strategy. The aim is to improve the city’s walkability, increase safety, and offer a convenient and enjoyable way to cut across city blocks. At the same time vibrant open spaces invite people in to stay a while and support local business.
The project area covers Swan Lane and Garrett Street crossing over Cuba Street, flanked by Marion and Victoria Streets. For details see: map of Garrett Street/Swan lane area
This project will take approximately 18 months to complete. We started planning in November 2018 and expect to finish construction in 2021.
Current status: Design development
A concept has been developed for the Swan Lane and Garrett Street upgrade. The concept encompasses the community values identified at community workshops and through public survey feedback.
Concept plan (3.8MB PDF)
Wellington City Council are working with external consultants to develop the concept into a detailed design package ready for construction, ensuring insights from community consultations are part of the final design.
- Landscape Architects and lead consultant – Local Collective
- Lighting Design – Stevenson & Turner
- Water Sensitive Design – Morphum
- Civil Engineer – Wade Consulting
- Quantity Surveyor – Rawlinsons
- Archaeologist – Subsurface
- Public Survey, November 2018: 180 submissions and 689 comments
- Workshop 1, December 2018: 38 attendees (Working group: local business, land owners, residents)
- Workshop 2, February 2019: 17 attendees (Working group: local business, land owners, residents)
Feedback from the public survey included: more space for public use and activity, inclusion of greenery and planting, increased pedestrian priority and connectivity, and a safe and maintained space.
Workshops one and two
The workshops focused on three key subjects:
- Increased pedestrian priority and connectivity, and
- Character and Identity.
Together we explored how these elements could be integrated into the streetscape. From these conversations, we identified a list of priorities to focus our design thinking for the precinct. These priorities have informed the concept design:
- Deliver a public space with integrity and durability (subtle and well considered)
- Create greening by integrating trees and a variety of planting
- Integrate lighting to establish a warm and welcoming precinct
- Deliver small scale water-sensitive design solutions where possible
- Create versatile and practical seating (location, sun and comfort are important, integrated in planted areas for play and social exchange
- Extend the greening of Glover Park into Garrett St, improve this interface and provide more public space amenities
- Accommodate a shared space for both vehicles and pedestrians in Garrett Street while prioritising pedestrians
- Incorporate historical and cultural narratives within the design
- Prioritise pedestrians in Swan Lane to allow for greater business presence in the lane along with outdoor seating and other amenities for public use.
The concept plan and artistic impressions of the concept design are all subject to change during the development of the design.
Liam Farrell, Project Manager