AREA To keep Marks & Spencer and the Shambles West shops fully stocked,
a loading area is being built immediately below New Cathedral Street.
The area has been designed to accommodate large articulated lorries
to ensure deliveries are as efficient as possible.
Although the new city centre is designed to be pedestrian-friendly and
easily accessible by public transport, new facilities will also be included
for car drivers. On the second basement level below New Cathedral Street
there will be Marks & Spencer's collect-by-car area and 158 new parking
places below the store, including special spaces for disabled people
and young families.There are also plans for further parking spaces under
the Shambles West shopping development.
Using natural stone, there will be bands along the street to reflect
the design of Exchange Square. "A great deal of work has gone into
looking at surface materials," explains Chris. The position of
every single paving stone has been precisely designed to ensure all
the slabs match exactly, with special adaptors made for each manhole
cover to make sure everything fits perfectly. A lot of time has been
spent to find a natural stone that will look good and cope with the
wear and tear of thousands of people walking along New Cathedral Street
MINIMISING DISRUPTION Because of the complexity of working around all the different rebuilding
projects, most of the street works will have to be done in many different
stages. The main emphasis is minimising disruption for the people using
the city while the construction goes on. When each phase of work is
finished, it will be made to look permanent -even if there are further
stages to be built on afterwards.
The overall design of the street is to be as simple and uncluttered
as possible allowing pedestrians to move easily and making it easy to
clean Chris explained: "If you don't put any bins on the street,
the street is uncluttered but needs frequent cleaning. We have compromised
by putting a couple of top quality litter bins in New Cathedral Street
which will be emptied frequently. Jim added: "Maintaining New Cathedral
Street after it is built will require good management.If
a public area is kept clean and well-maintained then visitors will respect
that and co-operate by putting litter in the bins rather than throwing
UTILITIES New Cathedral Street has been designed so that only the
bare minimum of pipes and cables -drains and electricity for the lights
-are buried under the surface. This will minimise the need to dig the
pavement up for maintenance in years to come.