Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:15 a.m.
Victoria Square in central Christchurch has closed for a year for a restoration project.
Fences erected on Monday completely block access to the square, including along the Avon River and from the former Crowne Plaza hotel site at Durham and Kilmore streets.
Work is scheduled to finish in the "first quarter of 2018", a sign states.
For "safety reasons", it will "not be possible to walk through or use the square while work is happening".