New designs for Christchurch's neglected Cathedral Square have been released.
Interconnected spaces for public events, paving and green areas are among the vision that Regenerate Christchurch has to draw people back into the once iconic square.
The designs, released on Wednesday, include an option for three enclosed pavilions connected by a lattice-style structure which would provide a year-round undercover area for markets and other activities.
The long-term plan is to get more people back into the square, Regenerate Christchurch chief executive Ivan Iafeta says.
"There is already significant investment occurring around the square.
"The most practical way to support that investment is to commit to a long-term vision over time while, in the meantime, getting more happening there and making it a place for the people again."
Coupled with the restoration of the Anglican Cathedral, the square's regeneration will happen in stages as funding allows.
A strategic plan will now be developed in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council on how to best implement the design.