Cathedral Gardens, Leicester

P Casey (Land Reclamation)


Overview Located in the shadow of Leicester Cathedral, this project was designed to regenerate the gardens and surrounding areas of Peacock Lane and the main facades of St Martins House. The project had a major historical significance due in part to the heightened global interest in Leicester brought about by the recent discovery and intended re-interment of the remains of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III. The Cathedral Gardens were subject to imaginatively designed soft landscaping, providing new granite edged terraced lawns, flower beds and trees planted throughout the gardens. The enclosed gardens were interwoven with winding pathways leading out into the newly paved open spaces of the cathedral approaches. The gardens were enhanced by the installation of the Dallas Pierce Quintero designed sculpture ‘Towards Stillness’, strategically located close to the restored bronze statue of Richard III.

Judges’ comments The refurbishment of the Cathedral Gardens has been completed by the contractor to exacting standards as part of a wider city improvement scheme. Working closely with City and Cathedral authorities, the contractor embraced the sensitivity of the site and met challenges along the way with workable solutions. New materials sit alongside the old and ancient gravestones have been relocated to a peaceful seating area. This lovely space is a credit to the contractor’s professionalism. 

Client Leicester City Council

Designer/architect Gillespies

Suppliers Hardscape, Bernhard’s Landscapes, Martin Cowman, J McCann & Co, Environmental Street Furniture (ESF)

P Casey (Land Reclamation) 

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