Victoria Square: The Framework of Christchurch


Victoria Square, that green and peaceful oasis in the centre of Christchurch.

The first signs of European life for Market Square or Market Place (now Victoria Square) was the building of Christchurch’s second bridge in 1864. Named the Papanui Bridge, it was known to us as the Victoria Street Bridge until 1989 when it was renamed the Hamish Hay Bridge for Sir Hamish Hay, Mayor of Christchurch.

Initially the trading heart of the city in the mid-19th century that housed regular market days and fairs. The square was redeveloped as a park in 1896 and 1897, and was later renamed to commemorate Queen Victoria.

An earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. (local time) and registered 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

2017 brings about significant change again to Victoria Square with the introduction of natural stone modular pavements which are being installed using Steintec’s High Performance, Shock Resistant, tuffbed 2-pack bedding mortar with tufftop jointing mortar. Project currently under construction 2017.

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