Leicester City Council is on the hunt for a masterplanner to regenerate St George’s churchyard
The project aims to transform the closed-to-burial churchyard into a new ‘attractive green space’ and focal point for the city’s Cultural Quarter district.
‘This is a key opportunity to infuse green open space into a city area where there is a high density of buildings and create a “garden gateway” from the ring road to the Cultural Quarter,’ according to the tender notice.
It continued: ‘The work will be critical to the process of transforming the churchyard into space which is safer, more accessible, more attractive and encourages greater use; creating a residential, business and visitor destination within the Cultural Quarter.’
Last month the council announced it was seeking a consultant to create a public realm strategy for its historic Guildhall Cathedral Conservation Area where Richard III’s remains were unearthed in 2012.
The discovery of the remains of England’s last Plantagenet king under a city centre car park has fuelled a boom in visitors to the East Midlands city.
Applicants for the St George’s churchyard project must be qualified and experienced in creating landscape masterplans and creative public realm design.
The winning team will create a masterplan and cost estimate to overhaul the historic green space and surrounding areas.
The William Parsons-designed Grade II-listed St George’s building has been used by the Serbian Orthodox Church since 1983.
The deadline for requests to participate is 29 May.
How to apply
Leicester City Council
New Walk Centre,
Leicester LE1 6ZG