Swan Lane and Garrett Street precinct

We’re creating a laneway that runs across Cuba Street and connects Swan Lane and Garrett Street.

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.

Construction began in January 2022 with a estimated completion date of October / November 2022.


May 2022

Stage Two of construction has begun with work beginning along Garrett Street starting with trenching for utilities and demolition. There will be some fencing installed in this area, but all businesses in this area remain open.

Later this month, our team will then be ready to begin main construction works on the southern side of Garrett Street, constructing new rain gardens, refreshing footpaths and building a new raised speed table. 

Throughout Stage Two, on-street parking will be unavailable on Garrett Street, but two-way traffic will be retained around our construction areas. Access to shops, offices, residences and parking will be maintained. 

Looking down on Garret Street, office buildings can be seen to the right and shops on the left.

Current status: procurement and delivery

Construction began on Monday 10 January 2022. Construction will take a two-staged approach, with the development of Swan Lane beginning first. The main works within Swan Lane are scheduled to be completed by end of April 2022.

From early May 2022 contractors will move into Garrett Street and Glover Park works with an anticipated completion date of September/October 2022. 

Swan Lane and Garrett Street concept boards (2.8MB PDF)

The concept design boards provide detail on specific aspects of the project that will be delivered including artworks, heritage, urban design, spatial layout, water sensitive design and planting.

Project consultants

  • Lead consultant - Local Landscape Architecture Collective
  • Lighting Design – Stevenson & Turner
  • Water Sensitive Design – Morphum
  • Civil Engineer – Wade Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor – Rawlinsons
  • Archaeologist – Subsurface

Public engagement

More information

Liam Farrell, Project Manager 
Urban Design
Email: ud.swangarrett@wcc.govt.nz