The works on Peacock Lane and the cathedral were part of the council’s larger Connecting Leicester initiative. This aims to create a thriving city centre by improving the pedestrian connections between the commercial, business, residential and historical quarters. The redevelopment of Leicester Cathedral Gardens was a key development.

The brief

The brief involved shared public highway works and creating a high-quality streetscape. Surface levels and layout of the gardens had to be designed to ensure existing blind spots where eradicated, providing a safer, more accessible amenity to the public.

Our response

This project shows how positive change in the urban environment can be realised through highway design engineers and landscape architects working closely with the local approval body and client. Our improved streetscape gives pedestrians easy access to retailers and facilities, while the gardens provide an attractive space to visitors.

Key facts

  • We designed a high-quality streetscape.
  • We carried out extensive level design to the cathedral gardens.
  • The scheme was nominated for a 2015 Civic Trust Award.

Project Information

Client: Leicester City Council and Saint Martins Cathedral Properties

Value: £2.4 million