Vanguard Square is not only a place to relax but also cater for public events such as markets, food stalls and outdoor dining.

The name Vanguard Square is a reference to the future and those leading the way with new ideas and developments in the Innovation Precinct.

Vanguard Square contains a mix of hospitality, such as Dux Central, and commercial businesses such as Vodafone and Kathmandu Limited, and has a gritty urban vibe. 

The paving and landscaping is high-quality, and includes bleachers that can be used for seating or stage.

  • 5 Poplar Lane, Central City
Size and surface
  • 535m2
  • Paved surface
Key features 
  • Fourteen reclaimed timber piles from Lyttelton port
  • Raised corten planters
  • Paving borders
  • Decking
Suitable for
  • Up to 500 people
  • Suitable for smaller public events and promotions
  • Private events permitted
  • Infrastructure
  • Vehicle access
  • Traffic management may be required depending on impact on pedestrian/vehicular access to Poplar, Ash and Nurseryman Streets as this area is designated a legal road.
  • Noise restrictions: Consideration of surrounding businesses required, noise restrictions
Available facilities
  • Power - Two power boxes each containing:
    • Two 32amp three-phase sockets
    • Two 10amp single-phase sockets
  • Drinking fountain
  • Bike racks
  • Seating
  • Litter and recycling bins 
  • Lighting – Standard street lighting along pathways.
  • Parking(external link) – Limited street parking
  • Bus stop(external link)
  • Mobility friendly