Improvements to the public realm of the city aim to lovingly
maintain what is already there and create a pleasant external
environment for all to enjoy. Enhancing footpaths and street
furniture whilst improving accessibility around the city.
These improvements are taking place all over the city.
Repair work has taken place on the 200-year-old staircase
linking Chester's Roman city walls with St John Street. Works
included the installation of a steel frame which is tied into the
connecting wall. The upper landing and some stair treads have been
replaced and the hand railings have been repaired. The stairs
re-opened in July 2012.
An extensive programme of improvements has taken place in these
historic city centre gardens throughout the spring. The
works, which includes a new path to access the base of the city
walls, high quality planting of Roman origin and topiary and a new
York stone sitting and display area, follow on from the
installation of Roman-themed floor mosaics last year.
The railway station welcome sign will be the first of eight
wayfinding signs to be installed throughout the city. The
signs will help to guide visitors from key entrance points to the
A permanent version of ‘Hryre’, the new artwork created by
artist Nayan Kulkarni, is now available to see on the side of
St John's Church. The artwork is incorporates manuscript
images and focusing on ideas of ruin, loss, memory and
endurance. The same artist is now working on a permanent
illumination of the Eastern ruin at St Johns Church.
Architectural works are taking place on Newgate Bridge by
Works continue at the amphitheatre including additional street
lighting and the excavation of archaeological trial pits.
Specific improvements have included the rejoining of the walls
over Castle Drive, extending the promenade from the Little Roodee
towards the Groves and creating a ramped access point between
Castle Drive and the Little Roodee car park.Tree maintenance work
and refurbishment of the fence and Castle Drive gates is
High quality natural surface treatments have been used in
keeping with the setting of the street and its proximity to the
Roman Walls and listed buildings.
Enhancements to a street that not only provides a key route
between the station and the city centre, but also houses many
commercial premises including hotels, retailers and offices.
Improvements have included kerbing, railings, seating, other
street furniture, landscaping and a high quality surface finish
along the Riverside Promenade route.