The next step in the transformation of Warrington’s cultural quarter is complete.
Work has finished on the £664,000 public realm improvements to Springfield Street, sections of Palmyra Square North and South as well as areas within Queen’s Gardens.
The Cultural Quarter project, which aims to support an emerging bar and restaurant scene, has included the creation of areas appropriate for outside dining. The entire public realm has also been upgraded to a much higher standard, complementing that which was already in place within Queens Gardens.
It has created an attractive, pedestrian-friendly space, with a continental, pavement café feel.
Included in Warrington’s Town Centre Masterplan, the upgrade to the key town centre location forms part of the council’s longer-term plans to link the area to Bridge Street, and the Time Square development, via the revamped Cabinet Works site.
Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Terry O’Neill; Deputy Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden; executive board member for culture, Cllr Dan Price, and executive board member for highways and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, visited the site to celebrate the completion of the project. They were joined by ward councillor, Steve Wright.
Cllr Price said: “Our town centre is rapidly changing, and it’s vital that Palmyra Square, our cultural heart, continues to transform with it. I’m delighted this work has now been completed. It’s another major step forward in ensuring the area remains a first-class destination for local people and visitors, and a focal point for culture, leisure and events in Warrington.”
Cllr Mundry added: “These works will reinforce Palmyra Square as the dynamic, vibrant, cultural heart of Warrington. The re-engineering of the streets and spaces in the area have made the square more attractive, as well as supporting the establishment of street cafes. It’s a fantastic project, and an important part of the ongoing regeneration of our town centre.”
The contractor for the scheme, which took 14 weeks to complete, was Dowhigh Ltd.