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Corner of Grey Street and Lambton Quay to be refurbished

The Council plans to upgrade Grey Street/Lambton Quay to form a small scale square known as a pocket square.

Image: Wellington City Council

This upgrade will provide a refreshed and more pleasant streetscape that will better reflect the atmosphere of the Wellington’s Golden Mile. Grey Street forms the main link between the city and the sea from the Cable Car to Queens Wharf and is home to several upmarket businesses including Hotel Intercontinental and more recently Double Tree Hilton. The street area has become run down lately and needs a refresh to bring some life back into it.

Image: Google Maps

The work is part of the Council’s ongoing programme to create attractive and people friendly spaces within the CBD with the goal of strengthening community and encouraging support of surrounding businesses.

More information will become available once the Council has selected a main construction contractor in January.

What’s being done 

  • Seating, paving and lighting and four new trees will be part of the upgrade
  • corrective work will be done on the existing water feature.


There will be no disruptions to traffic. Some surrounding business will experience noise impact from the construction works – however these works will cease between peak lunch hours of 12-2 pm. Affected businesses will be kept in the loop at all times and warned well in advance.

Next steps

  • December 2018 – Main construction contractor appointed
  • February 2019 – Construction begins (all things going well)

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