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.
- 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.”
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