Downtown's Lower Queen Street is to be transformed into a wonderful new public space.
When the CRL work is completed, a pedestrian square will return to the Lower Queen Street area outside the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre.
Here are the latest concepts for Downtown's Lower Queen Street when the City Rail Link work in the area is completed
Britomart Station Plaza plus Tyler Street and Galway Street
The thinking behind the designs
The design of Lower Queen Street reflects what was once here.
The pavement on the northern end depicts the waves of the Waitematā coming to shore while the southern end design shows the meandering of the Waihorotiu Stream that once ran into the harbour and still exists below Queen Street.
In front of the Chief Post Office entrance is the whāriki, a welcome mat collaboratively designed by Mana Whenua weavers to depict a traditional woven harakeke (flax) mat. The whāriki facilitates a meeting point; of two waters, of past and present, of people.
This space has been designed with pedestrians in mind and its ability to be used for events. The tidal pavement design in the Britomart Station rear plaza continues to reference water as does the street furniture in this space which depicts shellfish that once existed in the area.