Victoria Street Precinct

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The area surrounding southern Victoria Street (between Dixon and Ghuznee streets) is currently dominated by temporary car parks and buildings with varying qualities. The area lacks a distinct identity. It is hostile to pedestrians and lacks the shops, green spaces and residential developments that attract people.

It is ready for renewal as an inner city neighbourhood, with quality residential buildings, with space for shops and small business offices. This change in use – along with new green spaces, a network of pedestrian walkways, and a clearer street alignment – will reinvigorate this area as a place to live and work, and contribute positively to neighbouring areas.

Victoria Street plays an important role in the central city, linking Jervois Quay with SH1, Mount Cook and Brooklyn.   It’s also notable for its proximity to Victoria University’s Kelburn Campus and the School of Architecture and beyond to Massy University.

Specific improvements could include:

  1. New street alignment, better integrating Victoria Street into Te Aro’s street network and making the street easier to walk along.
  2. New civic space adding to the heritage significance of the church and providing a north-facing open space.
  3. New Te Aro Park, providing places for people to meet and relax, as well as performance space.
  4. New paving, landscape and lighting.
  5. New landscaped spaces.
  6. Existing park upgrades.
  7. New boulevard landscapes to define major streets.
  8. Pedestrian links strengthened and extended.

New residential buildings incorporate landscaped private courts, providing increased open space amenity and enhanced privacy, solar access and cross ventilation to new apartments.