Sector Public realm
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Project location East Midlands
Client Leicester City Council
Consultant LDA Design
Products used StrataCells
 
 

Context

Jubilee Square was commissioned by Leicester City Council as part of the “Connecting Leicester” major programme of works launched by the City’s Mayor with the aim of establishing new green corridors to link Leicester’s historic buildings and heritage sites with the modern heart of the city. The £4m scheme (part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-2013), provides an attractive new gateway to the city’s Cathedral Quarter and the site of the discovered remains of Richard III.

Jubilee Square has transformed an area of the city that was dominated by a surface level car park. Now a central green hub for the people of Leicester, it is used as a feature landscape space for the public to access as well as an area for organised events all year around, including the hugely popular winter ice rink. It is a major central selling point for the Visit Leicester team and provides an extra incentive for tourists to this thriving Midlands metropolis. The creative design work has enabled the Council to enhance the thoroughfare which daily users traverse to get to work and has also provided a more attractive showcase for the heritage aspects of the scheme, notably Wygston’s garden.

When speaking to Landscape Architects and Planners at the City Council, they highlighted the creativity of integrating green infrastructure with a SuDS (sustainable urban drainage) approach. The invisible co benefits of installing mature urban trees in bespoke pits has enabled the Council to make this previously impermeable area more resilient to surface water flooding.

LDA Design worked with Leicester City Council to develop plans from concept stages through to completion. In partnership, LDA Design and the Council liaised with locals throughout the process, ensuring that the public realm meets the community's needs now and in the future. This is a vital part of the design process, and it was clear, speaking with local business owners, that this investment has provided them with an extra asset upon which to build future business.

“We are thrilled to have delivered such a transformation and a new type of space to the city centre. The design allows for a year round programme of events, as well as providing a beautiful space for people to enjoy on a day to day basis. The layout also unlocks key connections from the city centre.”

The final stages of work to create Leicester’s new Jubilee Square has been marked by the planting of 10 large trees, including 5 Freeman maples (Acer x freemanii), each standing around 7m high and weighing about 4 tonnes; 3 Indian bean trees (Catalpa bignonioides), each around 6m high; and 2 snowy Mespilus (Amelanchier lamarckii).

Chryse Tinsley of Leicester City Council said: “Everyone admires the trees; very few people understand that they are part of the sustainable drainage solution for this new public space. In addition using the proprietary system has limits risks to the archaeology here.”

Key to the successful long-term establishment of the trees was the provision of adequate soil volume. It was also necessary to use products capable of supporting the adjacent hard paving.

Product supplied

StrataCells from GreenBlue Urban were specified and installed providing 3 cubic metres of uncompacted soil for each tree. The StrataCells also exceeded the engineering demands of the hard surface above.


Context

Jubilee Square was commissioned by Leicester City Council as part of the “Connecting Leicester” major programme of works launched by the City’s Mayor with the aim of establishing new green corridors to link Leicester’s historic buildings and heritage sites with the modern heart of the city. The £4m scheme (part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-2013), provides an attractive new gateway to the city’s Cathedral Quarter and the site of the discovered remains of Richard III.

Jubilee Square has transformed an area of the city that was dominated by a surface level car park. Now a central green hub for the people of Leicester, it is used as a feature landscape space for the public to access as well as an area for organised events all year around, including the hugely popular winter ice rink. It is a major central selling point for the Visit Leicester team and provides an extra incentive for tourists to this thriving Midlands metropolis. The creative design work has enabled the Council to enhance the thoroughfare which daily users traverse to get to work and has also provided a more attractive showcase for the heritage aspects of the scheme, notably Wygston’s garden.

When speaking to Landscape Architects and Planners at the City Council, they highlighted the creativity of integrating green infrastructure with a SuDS (sustainable urban drainage) approach. The invisible co benefits of installing mature urban trees in bespoke pits has enabled the Council to make this previously impermeable area more resilient to surface water flooding.

LDA Design worked with Leicester City Council to develop plans from concept stages through to completion. In partnership, LDA Design and the Council liaised with locals throughout the process, ensuring that the public realm meets the community's needs now and in the future. This is a vital part of the design process, and it was clear, speaking with local business owners, that this investment has provided them with an extra asset upon which to build future business.

“We are thrilled to have delivered such a transformation and a new type of space to the city centre. The design allows for a year round programme of events, as well as providing a beautiful space for people to enjoy on a day to day basis. The layout also unlocks key connections from the city centre.”

The final stages of work to create Leicester’s new Jubilee Square has been marked by the planting of 10 large trees, including 5 Freeman maples (Acer x freemanii), each standing around 7m high and weighing about 4 tonnes; 3 Indian bean trees (Catalpa bignonioides), each around 6m high; and 2 snowy Mespilus (Amelanchier lamarckii).

Chryse Tinsley of Leicester City Council said: “Everyone admires the trees; very few people understand that they are part of the sustainable drainage solution for this new public space. In addition using the proprietary system has limits risks to the archaeology here.”

Key to the successful long-term establishment of the trees was the provision of adequate soil volume. It was also necessary to use products capable of supporting the adjacent hard paving.

Product supplied

StrataCells from GreenBlue Urban were specified and installed providing 3 cubic metres of uncompacted soil for each tree. The StrataCells also exceeded the engineering demands of the hard surface above.


 
 
 
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