Council wants public space to appeal to Londoners and visitors
Burns + Nice has completed a £15.3 million renovation of Leicester Square in central London.
The multi-disciplinary practice worked on the scheme for Westminster City Council, which opens to the public today.
The new design includes more than 12,000sq m of granite paving, as well as a new white granite ribbon creating an extra tier of seating.
A new water feature is also included around the central Shakespeare statue and uplighting has been installed at all of the square’s trees.
The project is the first in a series commissioned by the council to improve the borough’s public spaces.
Robert Davis, Westminster City Council’s deputy leader said: “This ambitious regeneration project has breathed new life into the square and has given it a vibrant new feel which is more in-keeping with its international reputation.
“Central London deserves a state-of-the-art cultural destination, particularly in this Olympic year, and we hope Londoners and visitors alike will be impressed with the results.”
7 February 2011
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