Regeneration prize for squares’ revamp
THE redeveloped Cathedral Square has won a top design award for improving the prospects of future city regeneration.
The £12.6 million Cathedral Square and St John’s Square development has claimed the Regeneration Award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) East of England Awards.
The project will now progress to the national finals, competing against projects from across the country, after judges said the scheme transformed the city centre from being poorly regarded to attracting leading retailers.
It is the second success for the scheme in as many months, after the lighting in Cathedral Square and St John’s Square won first place in the exterior lighting category at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards in April.
For the latest success it beat off competition from other shortlisted schemes including Watford Colosseum, Caro Court in Norwich, and The Old Art College, Great Yarmouth.
Stephen Boniface FRICS (Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) an chair of the East of England Judges, said the scheme had impressed the team in a number of ways.
He said: “The Peterborough Cathedral Square project was a bold scheme. The area, once poorly regarded, has now attracted new retailers and high class restaurants as well as providing a fantastic pub- lic space.
“It provides a fitting focus for the city centre and appropriately provides a suitable square close by the cathedral.
“It is already becoming the hub of the city and the judges could see the potential for future regeneration arising from this core area.
“The judges were extremely impressed with what had been undertaken and had been achieved.”
The Cathedral Square and St John’s Square revamp has attracted criticism in the past, not least because it took two years to finish, way beyond the nine months originally predicted.
The showpiece of Cathedral Square, the fountains, are currently switched off after the hosepipe ban was introduced, despite running on recycled water.
Peterborough City Council leader Marco Cereste, who picked up the award, said: “We’re delighted - and very proud - to have won this award.
“It follows a lot of hard work from a great number of people and shows what we can achieve in Peterborough.
“We will build on this and continue to deliver high quality schemes for the city.”
Steve Bowyer, of Opportunity Peterborough, said he was delighted the scheme had been recognised as a success.
He said: “This demonstrates the importance of achieving good design from the outset and carrying that forward to delivery through excellent teamwork.
“The scheme has achieved all it was intended to do: celebrating the city’s fantastic buildings, creating a focal point for people and attracting new investment.”
WINNER: Council leader Marco Cereste accepts the award won for the Cathedral Square redevelopment.