Grantham Town Centre Charette

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Grantham Town Centre Charette

Grantham Town Centre Charette

As a key Grantham Heritage Action Zone stakeholder, Buckminster attended community design sessions (also known as a ‘charette’) over 3 days in April. Commissioned by InvestSK with funding from Heritage England, the aim is to develop a vision, strategy and plan for the future of the town centre beyond 2024.

A particular goal is to lock in the stated benefits of the Southern Relief Road (likely open in 2025) i.e. less congestion, fewer lorries in the town centre, safer and more attractive streets, and greater accessibility.

 
 

Concern was expressed around the workability of the County Council’s trial one-way system, and perhaps inevitably views were divided on car parking provision. However, attendees unanimously agreed that Grantham needs to be ‘greened’. Creative options were drawn for a remodelling of the Market Square and its surfacing, with a view to making the wasted public realm attractive and active again.

Transport consultants Urban Movement offered a practical alternative that embodied a ‘human’ vision for the cluttered 5-way junction on Wharf Road and the one-way system at the bottom of Westgate, seeking to create a more welcoming gateway to the Zone for visitors.

The consultant team was ably led by Kevin Murray Associates urban design, Gillespies Landscape Architecture, and RTU Architecture. 

 
 

As a stakeholder and supporter of the Future High Street Fund, we were delighted that South Kesteven was awarded a £5.6 million grant for the enhancement of Station Approach, the conversion of unused commercial space to residential use, and High Street pedestrian prioritisation. The grant will be deployed by March 2024.

William Lee, Director at Buckminster, commented:

 

‘We look forward to further inputting into the charette process when the report is published, and in respect of these linked projects helping the Council prioritise and deliver those ideas with the best chance of success and a meaningful impact on our town as it re-positions itself with the benefit of the long-anticipated relief road in use.’

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