Ellen Melville Centre & Freyberg Square

Ellen Melville Centre Freyberg Square square

An award winning transformation of a very popular inner city square and adjoining community hall.

This high profile project has revitalised a much loved inner city public space.

The project involved a much needed transformation to Freyberg Place, the refurbishment of the Ellen Melville Hall, street upgrade to the adjoining Courthouse Lane into a shared space and further extended the recently upgraded O’Connell Street.

A major part of the $11 million makeover includes not only the square, but the refurbishment of the 1962 Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Memorial Hall as an urban community centre, with a range of flexible rooms for meetings, gatherings and functions.

Project details

Auckland Council
Infrastructure, Public Sector
JFC, Corbel Construction, Isthmus, Stevens Lawson Architects, Matthews & Matthews, Plan Heritage Ltd, eCubed, Stellar Projects, Beca, Holmes Consulting Group


  • Property Council NZ Excellence & Best in Civic & Arts Category 2018
  • Best Design Awards - Silver in Public Good Category 2018
  • NZIA Heritage Category 2018
  • NZIA Planning and Urban Design Category 2019