A major transformation of King Street in Leicester city centre has been completed following a £1million refurbishment.
The street has been completely revamped by the city council, with wider pavements, an attractive new outdoor seating area and a missing link restored in New Walk’s Victorian promenade.
Footpaths have been reconstructed in high quality block paving and red asphalt has been used to brighten up the carriageway. An existing seating area, shaded by mature trees on New Walk, has been overhauled with sculpted cement and stone furniture.
The scheme has been designed to complement a new tree-lined, public piazza created as part of the redevelopment of the former city council offices at New Walk Centre.
The crumbling buildings were memorably brought down by controlled demolition in 2015. The site has been transformed and now features 50,000sqft of office space, 54 apartments and new space for retail.
Local wealth management and employee benefits business Mattioli Woods will be taking on the full 50,000sqft of office space later this summer, helping to bring over 450 new jobs into the city centre.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This marks a new chapter for King Street, which really is another jewel in the city’s crown.”
“When we left New Walk Centre, I made clear my determination to attract new investment into this part of the city centre. The area has since been completely transformed and the former council offices are a dim memory.”
“Along with new homes, much-needed office space and the return of a major local employer to the city, we now have a much more welcoming and attractive open space that complements New Walk beautifully.”
“With Mattioli Woods soon to make the area its new city centre home, it will give a tremendous boost to this part of the city centre.”
The King Street revamp is part of Connecting Leicester – a major programme of works which is improving routes through the city centre for pedestrians while making it more attractive to investors and developers.