July 17, 2012 Gossip

A £1.5 million project to regenerate one of the city’s main shopping streets will soon get underway following the announcement that Peterborough City Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the works.

Ringway Infrastructure Services Limited will carry out the Bridge Street improvements – it follows the major regeneration schemes that have already been completed in Cathedral Square and St John’s Square which are looking good.

So what’s in store for Bridge Street? Well the idea is to create a well-connected network of streets and spaces where people can live, work and play; which is alive during the day and also in the evening.

  • The Bridge Street immprovements will focus on the area between Cathedral Square and Bourges Boulevard. Improvements will include:
  • Extensive resurfacing of the existing pedestrianised areas to improve the quality of the open space available for pedestrians.
  • Redesign of the paved seating areas under the tree canopy, thereby providing future opportunities for market stalls and outdoor entertainment or dining.
  • Improvements to the existing surface water drainage provision.
  • Enhanced public lighting
  • The replacement of existing street furniture with more modern pieces in keeping with those in Cathedral Square.

The main works will start at the Cathedral Square end of the street and move up towards the Town Hall, then the remaining works from Bourges Boulevard back towards the Town Hall will be completed between January and April next year.

The works will be completed in small phases where possible in order to minimise disruption to both shoppers and local businesses.

Councillor Marco Cereste, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Business Engagement, said: “I am delighted that we have reached the stage where we have appointed a contractor and that work will begin any time.

“The recent improvements we have made to Cathedral Square and St John’s Square have demonstrated that such work can be instrumental in bringing inward investment to the city. The development of these areas has attracted big names to Peterborough including Nandos, Patisserie Valerie, Carluccios and TK Maxx and we have Primark due to open soon – it’s a really exciting time for the city.

“In creating an attractive city centre environment and by attracting new businesses to the city, I am confident that Peterborough is making its mark and will continue to thrive both through its retail offer, but also in encouraging people to visit and spend time here.”