Put the date in your diary, folks... Monday is the day work begins on transforming Hemel Hempstead’s town centre.
Improvements to the pedestrianised shopping area and Bank Court will be started by building contractor Greenford Ltd, with a series of preliminary works to set up the site so the area’s new design can be brought to life. The project is set for completion by autumn next year, though work will pause over the Christmas period to minimise disruption to shoppers, retailers and businesses.
Leader of Dacorum Borough Council Andrew Williams, who also holds the portfolio for planning and regeneration, said: “These improvements are part of our wider Hemel Evolution regeneration programme to transform the heart of Hemel Hempstead into a place that visitors will want to shop, work, live and enjoy.
“We are working closely with Greenford to minimise disruption to businesses, residents and visitors and complete the improvements as efficiently as possible.
“We are very excited to be starting this ambitious project and look forward working with local residents and businesses and seeing the changes that will take place over the coming year.”
Key features of the new design include an events space, a new interactive water feature, a series of play areas along Marlowes, improved seating and some new paving and landscaping, including trees and planting.
The council is investing £30 million in the scheme, including £4 million just on the first series of work in Marlowes and Bank Court.
It is hoped the cash injection will encourage shoppers, support local businesses and attract further investment to the town and wider borough.
Greenford will be opening an on-site information centre in Marlowes where residents and businesses can drop in to ask questions from 8.30am to 4.30pm.