News and Information – Work begins on Swan Lane, Cuba Street and Garrett Street Link

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The upgrade includes the installation of two rain gardens to help collect and filter rainwater instead of sending it directly into storm drains, new lighting installed to highlight trees, heritage ground and buildings, as well as new seats and bike racks.

There will be artwork created by local artist Andrew Beck, as well as a mural telling the story of the land and the Waimapihi creek that once ran through the area.

The works will also include the installation of raised pedestrian crossings which will reduce traffic speed and give priority to pedestrians, while improving connectivity and accessibility.

Mayor Andy Foster says the project is part of Wellington’s Lanes Strategy and Green Network Plan, which aims to transform the city center into a greener, more inclusive and walkable capital.

“The improvements planned for this area will greatly benefit local businesses, residents and visitors who regularly use this space.

“The increased lighting and pedestrian access will also provide better security for people to use this space at all times.”

Work began in 2018 with a public inquiry, followed by workshops with residents, local businesses and landowners. This engagement informed the design needs of this space and established design pilots that formed the basis of the final project.

The project will improve an area around famous Glover Park and attract more people from the intersection of Cuba Street and Garret Street, which looks a bit tired, planning director Liam Hodgetts said.

“The project highlights the excellent work of Urban Regeneration and Design team to Wellington City Council and confirms its investment in more people-centered spaces for one of our city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

“We incorporate elements into this design that are not just functional, but greener. As we have seen around our Lombard Lane project, this will attract more people and therefore it will support local companies. In the longer term, we want to establish this link to Victoria Street. »

Construction starts on Monday January 17, 2022, following a blessing from Manu Whenua the previous week.

Construction will take place in two stages, with Swan Lane development starting first, with major works due to be completed by the end of March – in time for Cuba Dupa.

From April/May 2022, contractors will move on to work on Garrett St and Glover Park with an expected completion date of September/October 2022.

John Filmore Contracting (JFC) is the contractor appointed to carry out the work.

You can find more information about the project and see the concept on the Swan Lane and Garrett Precinct project page.

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