Albion Square, in the heart of Lyttelton, is a significant development in the town’s post earthquake recovery. It is the result of close partnership working between the Council, Lyttelton-Mount Herbert Community Board and the local community.

Albion Square was officially opened in November 2014.

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A new civic square is one of the key actions (N1, p59) in the Lyttelton Master Plan.

About Albion Square

Albion SquareOn the corner of London and Canterbury Streets, the new square features a stage, terraces and play equipment. Edible fruit trees and herb gardens have been planted. The carved entrance way, or waharoa, is named Ohinehouroko.

Lyttelton War Memorial Cenotaph is central to the square. It has undergone extensive repair and restoration after being damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. A reinforced concrete core and foundation has added strengthened it and new heritage lights have been custom made to replicate the originals which dated back to the 1920s.

Local materials have been used in the square’s construction including $20,000 worth of timber from Lyttelton’s former Cattle Jetty. Donated by Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, the timber formed part of the jetty which was demolished in December 2012.

Red rock collected from Sumner Road following the earthquake has been integrated into the upper terrace retaining wall and the paving designs are based on a flounder weaving pattern reflective of Rapaki and Lyttelton Harbour.

Design development process and timeline

date stage actions
March 2013 Research and information gathering

The Lyttelton/Mount Herbert Community Board were keen to involve the community in developing design options for the civic square. Drop-in sessions were held in early March 2013 to confirm what the community wants to see and use in the square and 173 associated submissions were received prior to consultation closing on 18 March 2013.

April 2013 Design and feasibility testing Design options were developed at a community meeting hosted by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board on 10 April 2013. At this meeting people were encouraged to:

  • Talk about the look and feel of the square,
  • Discuss the kinds of materials that could be used, and
  • Consider the location of the various elements.
June to July 2013 Consultation

Following a peer review on 14 May 2013 by local design professionals, the resulting two draft design concepts developed by the Council’s project team on the basis of the community’s input were subject to final community input between 10 June and 1 July 2013.

July 2013 Revisions to design

A final concept design prepared for recommendation to the Community Board for its approval.

August 2013    
September 2013 Adoption by Council

Christchurch City Council approved the design for the development of Lyttelton’s civic square.

October 2013 Name approved by Council

The Council approved the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board recommendation to rename Lyttelton’s civic square site as Albion Square and the waharoa (entranceway) is named Ōhinehouroko.

December 2013 to November 2014 Construction

Demolition and clearing work on the site started in December 2013 and construction began in February 2014.

November 2014 Complete

Lyttelton’s Albion Square was officially opened on Saturday 8 November.