The Key Moves
We've identified some key moves that will progressively unlock the potential of the Queenstown Town Centre.
1. Expand the Open Space Network
Enhance the lakefront as the premium town centre open space destination and venue for celebrations and gathering.
Reveal the history of the lakefront as a place of arrival departure (port, transport) and as a focal point for key (existing) architectural and heritage features.
Create strong connections from the western lakefront, town centre, Queenstown Gardens and Frankton Walkway to support walking and cycling.
Ensure great design elements (lighting etc) for the whole lakefront.
Increase the provision of open space within the town centre to support anticipated intensification and growth
Expand the range of recreational and event opportunities within the town centre through the design of appropriate open spaces
Use new open spaces as a catalyst for regeneration and intensification
Celebrate the Horne Creek ecological corridor as a generator of a network small scale open spaces that disrupt and activate the town centre street grid
Develop/expand the existing network of creek edge interventions and bridges between the Recreation Ground (north) and the Lakefront (south)
Develop a more continuous creek edge walking route through design, interpretation etc.
2. Historic Core
- Establish the Civic Axis from the Town Pier on the lakefront, up Queenstown Mall and Ballarat Street to the new Civic Heart.
- Complete the town centre's existing east-west laneway network to support fine grain character and activity.
- Expand the laneway network to improve connectivity through key development sites
- Support the laneway network through consistent design.
- Activate the laneway network through a creative/evolving placemaking and strategic activation programme.
3. North - South Streets connecting Town and Lake
- A_ Frame and connect the town centre core to the lake front via a legible network of north - south orientated shared space streets.
- Reinforce a slow speed, pedestrian priority town centre through design, parking rationalisation and traffic management.
- Rationalise parking, signage and clutter to optimise view shafts, pedestrian amenity and visual consistency.
- Establish a new Arterials road network that bypasses the town centre and frees up/returns Shotover and Stanley Streets as a part of the town centre street network
- Use the creation of these new streets/arterials as a catalyst for development/ intensification and public realm enhancements that support a more compact, pedestrian orientated and accessible town centre.
4. Town Centre East - West Streets
- Frame and connect the town centre core to Queenstown Gardens and Ben Lomond Reserve via a network of east-west orientated (green/complete) streets.
- Establish a cohesive look and feel and identity for these east west streets through design, vegetation etc.
- Establish a Gardens to Gondola connection from Brecon + Rees + Marine Parade as a legible, cohesive, high amenity and pedestrian priority ‘Gondola to Gardens’ link through town centre.
- Support this route as a key pedestrian connection through design, way finding and place making.
5. Place. Choreograph Town Centre activities and experiences
- Built Form and Public Realm reinforces authentic character, look and feel, scale and intensity.
- Ensure organic growth, interaction and soft edges between character areas/zones.
- Curate distinctive town centre precincts that support authentic visitor experiences, legibility through a co-ordinated program of place making and strategic activation.
6. City Centre Arterials as a catalyst for regeneration and intensification
Establish a new road network that bypasses the town centre and frees up/returns Shotover and Stanley Streets as a part of the town centre street network.
Use the creation of these new streets/arterials as a catalyst for development/ intensification and public real enhancements that support a more compact, pedestrian orientated and accessible town centre.