Central City Framework

Central city framework

Creating a dynamic central city is an essential part of a smart and green future for Wellington.  The central city is the economic engine and cultural heart of the region and the Central City Framework provides a strategic direction for the growth and enhancement of Wellington’s central city over the next 30 years.

With the city’s population overall expected to grow by around 55 thousand over the coming decades it’s time to plan ahead.  

A growing population places demand on the urban environment.  It poses questions about where we’ll live and work and what type of city we want.

The urban environment is made of streets, buildings and landscapes.  The way people relate to these is vital.  With this in mind the Wellington City Council has been developing a central city framework.  A key part of Wellington 2040 the framework will set out a blueprint for how the city’s ‘spatial structure’ should be developed in the coming years.

The aim is to create the physical environment to support a ‘dynamic central city’—one that’s built for people.   A city that’s attractive and green, with high quality buildings, parks and squares. It encourages people to walk and spend time outdoors. It offers places to sit and relax, hang out with friends, go to entertainment or sports events, shop, eat and drink, work, and – increasingly – live. It is a friendly place, a place of creativity and imagination.

The work to date has resulted in nine concepts/ideas.  Feedback on these and on the background analysis work (see below) will be reviewed by the Wellington City Council ahead of it adopting the framework.

The work to date has involved two pieces of analysis:

Spatial Structure Plan study

This is a comprehensive urban design study of the central city area.   It focuses on street structure, landscape, and built form and presents a series of recommendations on how to manage these in the future.

This study was undertaken by Boffa Miskell and Randles Straatviet Architects.

The views expressed and the recommendations set out are those of the consultants and these do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council.

Space Syntax

Space Syntax is an internationally renowned movement analysis company.  They were commissioned by Wellington City Council to analyse pedestrian and vehicle movement patterns and potential in the central city.

The views expressed and the recommendations set out are those of the consultants and these do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council.