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 Summer 2022/2023.

Current status: delivery

Construction began on Monday 10 January 2022. Construction has taken a two-staged approach, with the development of Swan Lane nearing completion end of August 2022. 

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

September 2022 update - Glover Park upgrade


Glover Park.

We are excited to announce that work on Glover Park has begun.

These upgrades at Glover Park have been initiated as part of the renewal program across Wellington Parks. This will mean less future maintenance and include;  

  • Complete resurfacing through the centre of the park to increase accessibility and safety 
  • Replacing the tiered tiles with a more stable plastered surface 
  • Installing new brighter lighting at the Ghuznee Street entrance to the park 
  • Installing new benches 
  • New rubbish bins 
  • Maintenance on the sculpture in the middle of the park ‘Everything is for the best in the best possible words.’ 
  • All trees and other greenery will remain in the park. 

Work will begin with the south-western corner of the park first (outside The Rogue & Vagabond), so that it is the first space in the park to be completed in November for the start of the busy Summer period. The rest of Glover Park is expected to be fully completed by December 2022.   

Throughout the works on Glover Park, pedestrian access between Ghuznee Street and Garrett Street will continue where possible. It is expected there will be a period from mid-September to mid-November, where access will be unavailable.     

August 2022 update

We are so excited with the progress of the construction of the project so far. 

Last month, we completed construction on our first of two rain gardens, that have a positive impact on our stream health (wai ora).

Garrett Street works continue, reconstruction of kerb, channel and driveways will commence along with the completion of the raised concrete table. Works to start on the Cuba Street intersection early August. 

This month contractors will be moving back into Swan Lane to complete the installation of lighting, seating, bike racks, bollards and bins, and constructing the new loading zone at the rear of Swan Lane. 

The implementation of this new loading zone provides additional capacity to accommodate the increase in servicing that will occur as a result of local businesses relocating their services and deliveries to the rear of Swan Lane. This is with the intent to support prioritising pedestrians within the main Swan Lane pedestrian link between Cuba and Marion Streets.

This change in use requires all deliveries and servicing to enter Swan Lane from Marion Street. Access via Cuba Street will be blocked and should be avoided. 

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.

The temporary vehicle access from Cuba Street into Wilsons Carpark on Swan lane is now closed. Operations have reverted back to normal, with the main entry to the car park being accessed from Swan Lane.

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