Go ahead for new public square in Leicester
Working for the council, LDA Design has developed a concept design from inception to a full construction package, for delivery on site this summer.
The scheme, to be called Jubilee Square, will create a new public space near to the cathedral and alongside several other public realm improvements, including a Richard III visitor centre. It is part of the council’s wider Connecting Leicester vision, to create a thriving heart to the city and reconnect key areas for pedestrians and cyclists.
Rob Aspland, Director at LDA Design said: ‘We are delighted that the scheme has been given the go-ahead. It will completely transform this part of the city centre and will bring together some of Leicester’s real jewels, stitching together the medieval cathedral and guildhall, the Roman Jewry Wall, and the magazine and castle. Set within such a strong collection of heritage buildings, the design of the space is purposefully simple, modern and clean-lined.’
The council hopes that Jubilee Square will completed in time for the opening of the city’s new King Richard III visitor centre, at St Martins Place, and the proposed re-interment ceremony at Leicester Cathedral, in spring 2014.