Infamous roundabout is about to get even more magical thanks to Evolution works

Hemel's infamous Magic Roundabout
Hemel's infamous Magic Roundabout
  • Town’s ‘magic roundabout’ set to be improved in next phase of Hemel Evolution works
  • Works will last two months and start on Monday
  • Council says it is putting its money where its mouth is with £30million Evolution project
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Next phase of the Hemel Evolution works will focus on the town’s roundabout area and will last for two months.

Dacorum Borough Council will start improvements to the park next to the Magic Roundabout from Monday and is set to run for eight weeks.

Landscaping in Heath Park will be made more attractive and new pedestrian routes will make it easier to get to shops in the town centre.

The work comes alongside the new pedestrian and cycle path being constructed nearby on Station Road which improves the link with Hemel Hempstead Railway Station. Feature lighting was also placed on the infamous roundabout last year to make the area more attractive.

Heath Park is the latest area in the town centre to be given the council’s Hemel Evolution regeneration treatment. The improvements include:

• replacing old footpaths to improve the pedestrian flow around the park and link entrances to subways, bridges and the new crossing on Station Road;

• creating a new planting scheme – planting bulbs, supplementing summer bedding with longer-lasting perennial beds and also laying wildflower turfs to create a natural meadow along the River Gade;

• installing new benches and bins so that people can sit and enjoy the new planting.

The council said the main grassed area will be fenced off during this time, although the outer pathways will remain open.

Mark Gaynor, director of housing and regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council, said the authority is putting its money where its mouth is.

New lighting on Hemel Hempstead's Plough roundabout

New lighting on Hemel Hempstead's Plough roundabout

He said: “We’re investing £30 million in a top-to-toe transformation of Hemel Hempstead town centre.

“The Old Town is complete – and looking beautiful in the sunshine; we’re about to start on The Forum, closely followed by the Water Gardens restoration; and Marlowes shopping area improvements are well underway.

“Now another piece of the Hemel Evolution jigsaw is falling into place. We’ve already installed feature lighting on the Magic Roundabout which, together with the Heath Park works, make this area an even more attractive and welcoming gateway to our town.”

The council has also worked closely with the Hertfordshire authority on the new pedestrian and cycle route from the train station down London Road and Station Road, running alongside Heath Park. This is due to be completed in early May.

Now another piece of the Hemel Evolution jigsaw is falling into place. We’ve already installed feature lighting on the Magic Roundabout which, together with the Heath Park works, make this area an even more attractive and welcoming gateway to our town.

Mark Gaynor, director of housing and regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council

For more information on Hemel Evolution visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/hemelevolution or follow the Council on social media at www.facebook.com/dacorum and @dacorumBC #HemelEvo on Twitter.