St Georges Street public realm design improvements
St George Street
The transformation of St George Street project created a new, exciting and vibrant public realm in the Cultural Quarter of Leicester, with key connections to the Curve Theatre, Phoenix Art Centre, St George Conservation Area and links to the train station.
Our client, Leicester City Council, set out a design brief to re-imagine the street, in order to create a greener and more sustainable environment, with pedestrianised avenues, with rows of tree planting. Raingardens provide swathes of colour to the newly established promenade whilst forming part of the sustainable urban drainage system implemented.
Since the pandemic the area has had a significant reduction in footfall as many businesses in the area began to change their working arrangement. A creative approach was required to turn this street into a more attractive and greener environment that will promote healthy living and encourage people to come to the area and use more sustainable methods of transport such as walking and cycling.
Working closely with the client, relevant stakeholders, and our civils team, the landscape architects developed the landscape proposals to RIBA Stage 4. We engaged with Planning and Highways representatives, to understand policy strategy drivers and constraints of the site, to achieve a satisfactory design for all parties.
The existing St George Play Park is integrated within the design, with a view to create a new linear park, that is sustainable, green, inclusive and safe for all.