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The Star: June 14, 2018

The Star: June 14,

Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Square: Is this the future? Mixed reaction to bold new plan • By Bridget Rutherford PROMINENT Cantabrians have given a mixed response to the possible futuristic look of Cathedral Square. Plans for what the Square could look like were released by Regenerate Christchurch yesterday after seven years of debate and controversy over the slow progress of the rebuild. It includes three covered pavilions, which would have a “lattice-style” translucent roof, which could host markets and other events. The long-term vision, which is estimated to cost between $60- $80 million, aims to bring people back into the area, through a series of interconnected public spaces. The vision for the Square also includes Cathedral Gardens with trees and water features, Post Office Place with events and meeting spaces, and Library Plaza with other people-friendly areas. Former mayor Garry Moore said the plan was “brilliant” while developer Ernest Duval was not fussed by the pavilions. The next step is for a delivery strategy to be developed with the FUTURISTIC: Plans released yesterday show what Cathedral Square could look like. Lianne Dalziel Garry Moore Jamie Gough Vicki Buck city council and stakeholders to determine what could be done, when, and what funding would be needed. Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the vision would help people think of the central city as a destination and residential neighbourhood. “I’m confident Regenerate Christchurch’s vision will allow this to happen.” City councillor Deon Swiggs said it would need to work around other developments such as Turanga, the Spark building, Aotea Gifts and the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral. “We’ve got to look at what is happening, what’s in the vision and what can we deliver.” City councillor Jamie Gough said it was a good starting point. •Turn to page 5