Albion Square

Octa Associates was seconded into the Christchurch City Council Project Management Unit.

The Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board, the local community and the Council worked together to develop a civic square where the historic Albion Hotel had stood until the 2011 earthquakes. 

The Council purchased the site in 2012, recognising the need for a permanent public square.    Together, the Council and the community developed a concept plan for what was to become a 1,200m2 civic square - later named Albion Square.

The Cenotaph was dismantled, relocated, structurally strengthened/repaired and then rebuilt onsite.  The main public square was made from locally sourced materials and includes an outdoor stage, public toilet and edible gardens.

“Albion Square is a celebration of a community-driven process and the Board’s objectives at work.  This is a positive partnership resulting in a new attractive town centre for Lyttelton that is welcoming for everyone.”

Paula Smith, Lyttelton, Mount Herbert Community Board chair.

Project Name

Albion Square

Client

Christchurch City Council

Location

Christchurch

Budget

NA