The historic city of Gloucester has had a public realm revamp, thanks to a three-year landscape enhancement project completed by LDA Design

LDA Design's finished project in Gloucester
LDA Design's finished project in Gloucester

Part of LDA Design’s brief was to enhance Gloucester’s city and docks in a sympathetic manner consistent with the areas conservation status, with the additional objective was to create a key link for pedestrians between the retail heart of the city and the new retail development at Gloucester Quays.

The South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC) appointed LDA Design to develop the concept and detailed design proposals for the route and its principal spaces.

Peter Holloway, development manager at SWRDA, said the route was planned both for space consideration and for functionality. He added: “After years of under-investment, the careful redesign reflects the scale and proportions of the spaces, incorporating the rich architectural and industrial heritage of the area. It will also serve as an important cohesive pedestrian link between the heart of the city and the new retail quarter at Gloucester Quays.”

The design incorporates new public art commissions inspired by local stories, street furniture, semi mature trees, natural stone steps and feature lighting. The end result is that clear pedestrian priority streets and routes now define the route into the city. The community and local stakeholders were involved throughout the design process.

The scheme has attracted over £400m of private investment over the last five years, according to Chris Oldershaw, GHURC’s chief executive. “The transformation of the public realm and the spaces linking the Quays and city centre is drawing increasing numbers of visitors from the quays and docks and encouraging them to spend more time and money in the city centre,” he added.

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