When the City Rail Link work is completed, a pedestrian square will return to the Lower Queen Street area outside the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre.
The latest mana whenua-influenced concept designs released of Lower Queen Street reflect what was once there.
The pavement on the northern end depicts the waves of the Waitematā coming to shore while the southern end design shows the meandering of the Waihorotiu Stream that once ran into the harbour and still exists below Queen Street.
In front of the Chief Post Office entrance is the whāriki, a welcome mat collaboratively designed by mana whenua weavers to depict a traditional woven harakeke (flax) mat. The whāriki facilitates a meeting point of two waters, of past and present, and of people.
This space has been designed with pedestrians in mind and its ability to be used for events. The tidal pavement design in the Britomart Station rear plaza continues to reference water as does the street furniture in this space, which depicts shellfish that once existed in the area.
View the full designs are on the City Rail Link website.