Over the next few years, the Dunedin City Council is undertaking construction work in the central city so that our much loved George Street can become ‘Totally Georgeous’.
Working with the community we are creating more people-friendly spaces that reinforces the area’s status as the city’s preeminent shopping area.
This revitalisation includes new paving, street furniture, lighting and public art, so we will have a more vibrant central city.
We’ll be doing this in a way that celebrates Dunedin’s heritage, while also improving safety and accessibility in the area, and replacing our ageing water, wastewater and stormwater pipes – some of which date back to the late 1800s.
The DCC and its design team have worked closely with Kāi Tahu, through Aukaha, to integrate a Kāi Tahu cultural narrative and principles into the design. These will be expressed through elements such as the species used for new plantings, public art, paving design, and the use of whakataukī (proverbs) and te reo in the streetscape.
Replace underground infrastructure at the end of its life ensuring the central city is more resilient and reducing the risks of infrastructure failure.
To improve the safety and accessibility of the central city’s public spaces for all road users, including pedestrians, drivers and cyclists.
To create compelling, attractive spaces where people want to spend time, helping to make central Dunedin a prosperous, vibrant, exciting, accessible and distinctive destination.
In simple terms, the project started in 2021 and will finish in 2023. That sounds like a long time, but the project will be undertaken in sections to reduce disruption to businesses and traffic flows.
Construction began at the end of 2021 on ‘enabling works’ in streets surrounding George Street to ensure that traffic can get around the city while the George Street works are taking place.
Where are we at?
Between Moray Place and St Andrew Street
Work began April 2022
- Electrical infrastructure upgrades
- Infrastructure works replacing water and wastewater pipes
- Re-lining of the stormwater pipe will be completed in the coming months, but does not require excavation.
- laying new pavers
- Installing seats
- Putting up lights
- Installing water fountains
- Planting of trees and garden beds
Work began June 2022
How to get around in your vehicle
Our priority during construction is to maintain access to and from Dunedin Hospital, as well as businesses and car parking facilities in the area.
Great King Street
Open one-way southbound
Hospital and Emergency Department
Enter Great King St from Frederick St
Centre City Mall carpark and DCC Great King St car parking building
Enter from Hanover St end
- Replacing old underground pipes
- Pipe renewal work on both blocks is expected to run until the end of 2022
Work to start
- Building new footpaths
- Installing streetlight
- Adding street furniture.
Planning is underway for the Golden Block, which will commence construction in early 2023. For more information, please see the booklet below.
Pītau Whakatipu – project office
Pītau Whakatipu is the project office for the Central City Retail Quarter, located at 125 George Street. The name was gift to the project by Mana Whenua and means young fern frond.
Pitau Whakatipu is a space for learning about the project, meeting to discuss issues and a space for future workshops and meetings.
Pop in and have a chat to the friendly team to find out more about the project.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few questions our team gets frequently asked when they’re on the job, or out and about talking to businesses and residents. We thought we’d share some of them here, as well the answers, to help inform you about the project.
An important reason for this work is to replace old but essential water, wastewater and stormwater pipes – some of which date back to the late 1800s. It's a priority to ensure we are delivering water services that look after the health and well-being of the community.
At the same time, we want to create a more people-friendly space to reinforce the area’s status as the city’s preeminent shopping area, with new paving, street furniture, lighting and public art, so we have a more vibrant central city. We’ll be doing this in a way that celebrates Ōtepoti Dunedin’s heritage, while also improving safety and accessibility in the area!
We’re not! The design will see George Street become one-way southbound to traffic from the five-way intersection near Knox Church through to Moray Place. The speed limit will be reduced to 10 km/h to make the area safer for pedestrians, but cars and other vehicles will still be able to access George Street.
We’re not! The redeveloped George Street will have about the same number of car parks as it does now. We will, however, re-allocate and re-prioritise some of the existing spaces to give greater opportunity to people with mobility issues.
Construction is well underway, with work taking place in stages from late 2021 to mid-2024, although the final finish date will be dependent on a number of factors.
George Street’s Golden Block, between St Andrew St and Hanover Street, is next on the schedule. We expect construction on that block to take place between January and September 2023.
We need to balance the amount of work and the time to do it. If we are not working on multiple sites at the same time, it would take more than five years to complete the entire project.
While some work can and has been undertaken at night, not all can be achieved safely or efficiently. There are also more restrictions around noise at night, recognising people who live in the central city. The project construction workers are also people with families who appreciate spending time with them after a hard day’s work!