Swan Lane and Garrett Street precinct
We’re creating a laneway that runs across Cuba Street and connects Swan Lane and Garrett Street.
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.
Current status: scoping phase
During the scoping phase we’re finding out how the public uses the space. Feedback helps define what the space could look like. So far we’ve spoken to, and gathered information from, the public and people who live, work, and pass through Swan Lane and Garrett Street.
Over the next couple of months we’re working with community representatives who signed up to be part of a small working group. Together we will look at the feedback we’ve received, narrow down what’s important about this space, and come up with ideas. We will continue to work with those directly affected for the duration of the project.
Timetable of public engagement
- 5-28 November 2018: We asked how you use the space and what opportunities you see to upgrade this space. 159 local residents, interest groups, business owners and landowners responded through an online survey. We also talked to and met with people who live, work, and use these two streets. First impressions are that residents and the business community are keen to transform this area into a laneway. These streets are a popular thoroughfare for passers-by going to other parts of the city. An engagement summary report will be available at the end of the public engagement period, around May 2019.
Meetings with the working group
50 people signed up through the public survey to participate in a working group.
- Workshop #1 - 5 December 2018. The Urban Design team hosted an event at Toi Poneke Art Centre to talk about the Swan/Garret Laneway. A group of 38 people attended, including residents, business owners, property owners and members of the public.
- Workshop #2 - 13 February 2019. The Urban Design Team shared an analysis of the first workshop and explored the three most prevalent themes - Green Space; Pedestrianisation and Connectivity; and Character and Identity.
- Workshop #3 - TBA.
These dates are provisional and likely to change.
In progress - Phase 1: Scoping – October 2018– March 2019
Phase 2: Design: estimated time February 2019–October 2019
- What this involves: The ideas coming out of the workshops direct the general design and character of the laneway. The design concept is presented to the wider public and community for feedback. Council officers with advice from local Councillors make the final decision.
Phase 3: Construction – estimated time October 2019–March 2021
- What this involves: We invite tenders to do the work and start with the construction. We work with local business and residents who are directly affected by the work.
- Mid 2021: Work is complete.
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.
This project will take approximately 18 months to complete. We started planning in November 2018 and expect to finish construction at the end of March 2021.
- Improve the use of public space to encourage people to spend more time in these streets.
- Offer people a pleasant way to connect to other city blocks.
- Extend public green spaces.
- Reflect the history of the site in the laneway design. New and old buildings – several of which are original timber buildings – create a beautiful character within these streets.
- Improve safety with better lighting throughout the two streets.
- Opportunity to look at water sensitive design and carbon zero initiatives.
- Pleasant and clean environments for users.
- Safer pedestrian connections between the two streets.
- Attractive connection to adjoining streets.
- Increased foot traffic past local businesses.
- Encourage new businesses to move in.
Liam Farrell, Project Manager