Making plans for Grimsby town centre

17/05/2010

Grimsby's town centre masterplan moved a step closer today as the council commissioned private sector companies to drive forward three major projects. 

Funded by Yorkshire Forward, NELC has appointed a consultant team led by EC Harris to oversee the Station Approach and Riverhead Square projects, while URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design), will take forward the St James' Square project.

EC Harris and their design partners will provide a detailed and costed layout for a new public space in the station forecourt area, to improve access to the rest of the town centre and provide a high quality arrival and departure point for the town.

For the Riverhead Square project they will provide concept designs with costings for proposed re-modelling of the existing public space to provide a high quality 'civic heart' for the town centre, while also considering future uses for the new space for events and festivals.

The overall aim of URBED's project is to improve the look and feel of St James’ Square, provide the church with a suitable setting and create additional activity which is sensitive to this particular location.  This piece of work will provide options for a remodelled or new St James House facility which could potentially include a mix of uses like office, retail, cultural space and a quality café or restaurant. It will also include concept designs for the public areas to enhance the existing green space.

Michele Cusack, regeneration director, said: "Both companies will be working with the public to help shape and influence the designs through consultation sessions which will be held during the summer months.

"This development work is key for accessing funding opportunities and providing the basis for future planning applications."

David Custance, Assistant Director for Urban Renaissance and Property at Yorkshire Forward, said: “This appointment is an important step towards the regeneration of Grimsby and I’m confident that, working with the Greater Grimsby Renaissance Partnership, EC Harris and URBED will lay the foundations of an exciting future for Grimsby.”

For more information about the Grimsby Town Centre Masterplan visit www.greatergrimsbyrenaissance.co.uk

For further information contact:
Mike Walton, Communications Officer
Tel: 01472 325901
Fax: 01472 326110
Email: mike.walton@nelincs.gov.uk