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Leicester seeks designer for Richard III public realm strategy

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Leicester City Council is seeking a consultant to create a new public realm strategy for its historic Guildhall Cathedral Conservation Area where Richard III’s remains were unearthed in 2012

The £1.1 million initiative will restore the East Midlands city’s historic townscape and create new public spaces around a Richard III visitor centre opening in July.

The Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project will also include conservation repairs, bringing empty premises back into use and partnerships with local businesses.

The winning team will be expected to supply a contemporary and long term public realm vision, support regeneration, deliver high quality public spaces, create new ‘wow’ factors and accommodate cyclists.

New developments soon to complete in the area include the £4 million visitor centre by Maber Architects and a £3 million overhaul of Cathedral Gardens by Gillespies.

The latest initiative comes almost two years after the remains of England’s last Plantagenet king were discovered under a city centre car park, fuelling a surge of visitors to the city.

The high-profile excavation site of Richard III’s burial place will be incorporated into the new visitor centre which will occupy the nearby Grade II-listed former Alderman Newton School.  

Work on the townscape heritage initiative is expected to start on 19 May and complete by 30 June.

The deadline for applications is 6 May.


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