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.

This project will take approximately 18 months to complete. We started planning in November 2018 and expect to start construction in 2021.


September 2021

Current status: procurement and delivery

The design has now been finalised and we are going out for Tender to select a contractor to deliver the project. Though we intend to start construction end of 2021, this is dependent on contractor’s availability and issues surrounding resource and material supply impacted by COVID-19. Once we have a contractor on board and a delivery programme confirmed, this will be shared.

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