Invercargill City Streets Upgrade
Stage 1: Don and Esk streets

“Despite work being undertaken in the height of the Covid-19 health response in New Zealand, and the resulting material shortages internationally, the project was completed within three months of its projected finish date. This success was due to strong communication, pre-existing and stable supply chains, and proficient site management.
Downer were pleased with this work & completely satisfied with the end result meeting the desired result . Downer Group would highly recommend Urban Effects Ltd as a trusted partner on any further projects in the near future.”
– Jonathan Miller   |   Project Manager – Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Ltd
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New Zealand’s southernmost city, Invercargill is the commercial hub of Southland and boasts stunning natural beauty. Its City Council is committed to creating a “city with heart”, with a major upgrade currently underway to shape a vibrant and inviting centre where people want to stay and shop, explore and get involved. Streets, footpaths and public spaces are being re-imagined and re-energised, with Stage 1 including two central city streets: Esk Street becoming a shared space and Don Street becoming a slow speed street with an entertainment focus.

We were proud to work with the project’s outstanding designers (Isthmus) and contractor (Downer) to help bring their vision to life: maximising places for people, keeping people in the city longer and making it easy to move freely. Sustainability and natural elements were a priority, as well as inspiring design, incredible durability, comfort, functionality and variety. Beautiful timber seating, organic shapes, bright pops of colour, the choice to gather or sit solo and  bike racks were just some of the 100+ products we contributed to help shape these amazing new streetscapes. Our local team and manufacturing hub on New Zealand’s South Island (Logic Street Scene) worked tirelessly to meet tight deadlines and to custom design and manufacture unique pieces to make sure Invercargill’s city centre is streets ahead … well into the future.


CouncilInvercargill City Council
Landscape ArchitectIsthmus