Scheme provides a new gateway to the city’s Cathedral Quarter
LDA Design’s concept for a new public space in Leicester’s city centre has been realised with the completion of Jubilee Square.
The £4m scheme provides an attractive new gateway to the city’s Cathedral Quarter and the site of the recently discovered remains of Richard III.
The project was commissioned by Leicester City Council as part of Connecting Leicester – a major programme of work launched by the city’s mayor Peter Soulsby to improve pedestrian links between Leicester’s historic buildings and heritage sites and the modern heart of the city.
Jubilee Square has transformed an area of the city dominated by a surface-level car park into a new public space that includes an event square, lawns, a terraced garden, and a new courtyard garden for the historic Wygston’s House.
LDA Design worked with Leicester City Council to develop plans from concept stages through to completion. In partnership, LDA Design and the council have liaised with local people throughout the process, ‘ensuring that the public realm meets the needs of the community both now and in the future’.
The square forms part of a wider regeneration scheme to renovate the city centre. Improved access ensures that key shopping, housing and heritage areas are reconnected through increasing footfall to the west of the city.
‘We are thrilled to have delivered such a transformation and a new type of space to the city centre,’ says LDA Design partner Rob Aspland. ‘The design allows for a year-round programme of events, as well as providing a beautiful space for people to enjoy on a day to day basis. The layout also unlocks key connections from the city centre to areas of interest beyond it.’