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Tell us what you think about the trial!

Your feedback will be provided to Council when they make a decision on whether any aspects of the trial will remain in the street.

We’re trialling a temporary street upgrade on Gloucester Street, between Manchester and Colombo streets. User feedback and modelling will help us plan a possible street renewal to support this rapidly developing area.

Our aim is to encourage people to spend more time on Gloucester Street by creating new ways for people to connect, including spaces that champion the performing arts. We’ve developed a vibrant and dynamic streetscape, which also supports a safe shared road space for everyone to enjoy.

The project is 90% funded by Waka Kotahi ‘Streets for People’ programme. The vision of Streets for People is to create safer and more accessible environments for walking and cycling, and to reduce vehicle speeds and volumes in places where pedestrian numbers are high.

What we're trialling:

We're transforming the street with a range of temporary installations and activations that we want your feedback on.

The best way to see the vision for the project is to take a walk down Gloucester Street during the trial, but you can also learn more about the key aspects we're trialling below. Check it out and let us know what you think.

  • Creating new ways for people to connect

    • Street furniture for relaxing, reading, eating and socialising
    • Entertainment spaces for viewing performances
    • Outdoor dining
    • Street activities and events (changing throughout the trial), including outdoor games and ‘pop-up’ events with partial or full street closures
  • Creating spaces that champion the performing arts

    • Painted pavement outside the Isaac Theatre Royal entrance, to elevate the iconic theatre’s street presence
    • Wāhi Taiao – the outdoor performance venue, meeting place and workspace developed by The Green Lab – which acknowledges the original te taiao of central Ōtautahi, encourages performance freedom, and reflects the street’s strong connection to the arts
  • Creating a vibrant and dynamic streetscape

    • Footpath and road art painting with designs that reference icons, such as the nīkau palm from Cathedral Junction and the crown symbol from the Isaac Theatre Royal’s street façade
    • Planter boxes throughout the street, some of which provide seating
    • Lighting that enhances the street and temporary features
  • Creating a safe shared road space

    • A shared zone, suitable for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users
    • Speeds lowered to 10km/h
    • Narrowed lanes (using planters and bollards), speed cushions and anti-skid road paint to encourage safer speeds
    • Pedestrian ramps between the kerb and the street to improve access.

Why Gloucester Street?

We selected this section of Gloucester Street as it is one of our city’s entertainment, community and cultural hubs. It’s home to the Performing Arts Precinct, including the Isaac Theatre Royal and, soon, The Court Theatre. These popular attractions – along with Tūranga and Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre – draw people to and through the area.

Connection to the bustling New Regent Street, Christchurch Tramway and nearby Whiti-reia Cathedral Square provides further opportunity for Gloucester Street to be a leading player in fostering a thriving inner-city environment.

Upcoming Meet me on Gloucester events

The Meet me on Gloucester trial is all about getting people to the area - receiving their feedback and monitoring the car and pedestrian movements. Events that partially close the road, or work within the standard road layout are important to understanding these people movements and getting feedback from visitors to the street.
  • Morning People Street Party feat. Sin

    Hold on to your party pants and fasten those fiesta frocks because we’re *closing a road* for the Morning People Street Party in Ōtautahi - and it’s FREE!

    In usual Morning People fashion, dance-floor-tarmac heat will be served alongside complimentary Altezano Brothers coffee, All Good bananas and kombucha thanks to the lovelies at Karma.

    Register for your FREE ticket now 

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project? Contact us below:

Phone 03 941 8999 (0800 800 169)