PrincipalCathedralGardensAt an awards ceremony on Friday 4 December, Cathedral Gardens, Leicester was announced as the Principal Winner in its category: Restoration and Regeneration Scheme (over £1.5m).

The scheme, carried out by Casey for Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council, was designed by Gillespies with the intent to breathe new life into the entire area surrounding this building established over 900 years ago. The works were carried out amid the heightened global interest in Leicester, brought about by the discovery of the remains of England’s last Plantagenet King, Richard III, which were found in a nearby car park in September 2012.

The scheme involved providing lawns in intimate garden spaces and hedged enclosures with seating for visitors to enjoy moments of quiet contemplation. Wildflower meadows were created close to new water features.

Paving and terracing were installed in Cathedral Square and approach paths and the adjoining Peacock Lane.

Throughout the hard and soft landscaped areas, number of artistic features were installed. The Dallas Pierce Quintero designed piece ‘Toward Stillness’ was commissioned to portray the timeline between the Bosworth Field conflict in 1485 when Richard III died, and when he was discovered in 2012. The restored statue of Richard was installed close to the Visitor Centre.

Casey are proud to receive this award for such an interesting scheme.