St George Street Public Realm, Leicester

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed by Leicester City Council to carry out public realm and highway works on St George Street in Leicester’s city centre.

Key details

Leicester City Council
Project value
April - Sept 2022

Key aims and challenges

The scheme was procured as a call-off on the council’s Highway Maintenance and Construction framework following a mini-competition.

The overhaul of St George Street – between its junctions with St George’s Way and Queen Street – aimed to  create a more attractive and people-friendly route linking the railway station, city centre, and Cultural Quarter.

St George St was pedestrianized between its junctions with Queen St and the A594 (Central Ring Road), except for a short egress route for vehicles leaving the Mercury Place complex.

A series of rainwater gardens were created and trees planted along the edges of the street, which will help make the area more attractive to visitors and provide better natural drainage. 

A new terraced lawn area was created at the junction with St George’s Way, where an existing retaining wall was lowered to help open up the area and create a more inviting approach.

The main footway was reconstructed in resin-bound gravel and weaves between the new planting, with high-quality block paving marking the entrances to Mercury Place, St George’s Churchyard and the existing children’s play area.

New street lighting and a new docking station for the Santander e-bike hire scheme were also installed.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “St George Street has been a bit forgotten since the Leicester Mercury left its offices but it has the potential to be a fantastic link to the Cultural Quarter, especially for people arriving in the city by train.

“These improvements will make a huge difference to the look and feel of the street, helping to create a much more attractive environment for businesses and a safer and more inviting route for pedestrians.”