Published 4 May 2008
Construction is scheduled to start in July on a $7.8 million upgrade of St Patrick’s Square.
An integral part of the design is the hexagonal paving pattern around St Patrick’s Cathedral, chosen to reflect the cathedral’s roof form & flooring pattern. As the paving pattern is complex the council is undertaking a paving trial to determine the best way to lay the paving as well as the final, detailed design.
The project began in September and the design concept was approved last September. Further design has been under way since then.
The object of the exercise is to:
· re-establish the square as a highly valued urban oasis, a place of respite from the hustle & bustle of the central city
· make it a destination, a place for people to safely meet & socialise, and to reflect & contemplate
· to celebrate its historical significance & connection to St Patrick’s Cathedral, which had its own upgrade completed last year.
The project is part of a 10-year council programme to transform key streets & open spaces in the cbd.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.