Leicester Square got its very own premiere on 24 May as it unveiled its £15.3m new look by Burns and Nice.

Planting schemes at Burns and Nice's Leicester Square project
Planting schemes at Burns and Nice's Leicester Square project

A landmark destination and home of British cinema, Leicester Square was long overdue a return to splendour. It is hoped the redesign will create an attractive location for Londoners and tourists to socialise in.

Urban design company Burns and Nice, won the project in 2007, which took 17 months to complete. The concept behind their design was to re-establish the English landscape qualities of a London Square by introducing archetypical lawns, mature London Plane trees and a central Shakespearean water fountain.

The historic design elements are complimented by a 200m white granite ribbon bench, which frames and surrounds the gardens in their entirety. Planting beds and specially designed reflective railings blur the boundaries between the gardens and surrounding streets and give a feeling of space and openness. The central water feature uses recycled water to send 42 jets of water two metres into the air, encircling the statue and all the trees are fitted with up lighters creating a bright and atmospheric environment.



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