A landmark feature in the heart of Lyttelton, Albion Square is a multi-use space for the people of Lyttelton and visitors to the area to gather together to celebrate and commemorate important events, relax, play and have fun. This new Civic Square is one of the key actions within the Lyttelton Master Plan.

Albion Square is a significant project for the community and Lyttelton; it features a carved entrance way, a stage and terraces, play areas, the Lyttelton War Memorial Cenotaph and the 160 year-old St Joseph’s Catholic Church bell.

The design uses local materials including timber beams from the wharf, seats and planters made from reclaimed timber, a hand-operated pump, and paving designs based on a flounder weaving pattern reflecting Raupaki and Te Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour.

Ōhinehouroko, the entrance way, will feature a fish hook and anchor, depicting the coming together of two cultures.

Albion Square is a two-tiered terrace space, which includes a stage, edible fruit trees and an interactive children’s playground. One piece of play equipment, the hand-operated pump pushes water down a brick-lined rill to symbolise the historic 1885 Victorian brick barrel drain that lies beneath the site.

Three transitional art works now have a permanent home in the Civic Square, these include a ceramic tile Mandela in the shape of ‘Lyttel’ people created by local school children which sit on the top tier. Other works are a mosaic seat and ‘fifth ship’ nautical flag.