Makeover to revive Gloucester St

23:31, Jan 30 2013
Gloucester St library
GREEN SCENE: An artist's impression of an outdoor reading room at the proposed new city library in Gloucester St. It will be part of temporary street improvements to the area.

Christchurch's Gloucester St will be beautified with trees, artificial turf and an outdoor "reading room" as part of efforts to revive the central city during the rebuild.

The Christchurch City Council yesterday unveiled its planned makeover for the street.

The council said the work was timed to coincide with the reopening of New Regent St, with repairs to the heritage block set to finish in March.

The street would also be a "valuable pedestrian link" to the Re:Start container mall when access to Cathedral Square was restored.

The design will include more pedestrian areas, colourful road surfaces lined with planter boxes, and an outdoor reading room with seating in front of the proposed central-city library.

Council urban design and regeneration manager Carolyn Ingles said the project would bring some colour to the area and was similar to other temporary street work taking place around the world.

The work would be completed over the next few months, she said.


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