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


Christchurch City Council