We are improving Cathedral Square to make it safer and more pleasant for people and to support businesses in the area.

Cathedral Square

The upgrade work will involve re-levelling the ground, re-laying paving, installing additional lighting and introducing more landscaping to soften the environment. Where possible, we will re-use existing materials.

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Plan

Improvements to the southern parts of Cathedral Square will be carried out in four phases, to be completed by mid-2021. The fourth phase will involve gathering public feedback about proposed changes to the Square's access.

Cathedral Square Phasing Plan

Artist impressions

Cathedral Square Render 1

Looking east towards the Distinction Christchurch Hotel (left) and new Spark building which is currently under construction.

Cathedral Square Render 2

A bird’s-eye-view impression of the future south-east corner of the Square.

History of the Square

From when it was first laid out in 1850, Cathedral Square, the heart of the central city, has undergone many changes. Its look, feel and function have evolved from a muddy thoroughfare in the early days to a more formal, pedestrian-friendly place for hosting civic and social gatherings. Although it has always been called a "square", its shape is actually that of a cross.

Click on the images below to learn more about the history of Cathedral Square.

Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement

Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited is the oganisation responsible for reinstating the Cathedral. You can learn more on their website at reinstate.org.nz(external link)