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The pedestrianised area of Mill Lane, running from the city centre end of the campus down to the riverside, has been transformed into a striking public pathway, complete with rain gardens which capture excess rainwater to feed trees and plants.
The scheme also includes seating areas, flower beds and the same stone which was used to give Cathedral Square its own makeover.
Decorative granite ‘bookends’ create low-level dividers and direct pedestrians along a meandering flow – echoing that the thoroughfare ultimately leads to the river.
Floor lighting and contemporary LED lighting columns gently bathe the area in light after dark.
The Mill Lane & The Gateway public realm scheme has transformed this area of the city.
The 2012 closure to traffic of Mill Lane provided an opportunity to create an inspiring public space to unify DMU’s main campus.
The University worked with Leicester City Council to deliver a space that benefits staff, students and the public.
The vibrant streetscape was created in phases to minimise disruption to the University’s busy life.
De Montfort University
Leicester City Council
Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd
Faithful + Gould
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