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Improvements to New Street have been a catalyst for investment in buildings in the Greyfriars Conservation Area, with more than £5m invested in enhancing properties.
Formerly the view of the cathedral was marred by poor quality elements, now it is complemented and enhanced by New Street.
High quality traditional materials, good design and workmanship have resulted in a timeless scheme that has made the street a distinctive place.
The project brought together a wide range of professionals to work with the City Council’s planners to achieve a range of improvements.
The improvements on New Street reflect a growing confidence in this area. The six buildings that were vacant in 2014 are now in use.
New Street was the final highway to be improved as a part of a townscape heritage initiative project. Money has been used to improve and repair buildings, deliver community events and provide training.
Before the project, New Street had double yellow lines, narrow pavements and eyesore car parks on either side. Changing its status to a restricted zone meant the yellow lines could be removed. The car parks were improved and other developers encouraged to invest in properties on and near New Street.
More than 180 people took part in construction skills heritage training at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, increasing awareness of the conservation area.
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