Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford

Work has started on site for a public realm scheme to improve the upper section of The Parade in Watford Town Centre. Designed by BDP the project responds to feedback from local residents and businesses who want to see the town centre become more attractive, helping to bring shoppers, families and businesses to the area.

The £4m scheme for Watford Borough Council aims to transform the area into a key civic space with the flexibility and capacity to accommodate a variety of outdoor events, and attract a wide range of visitors throughout the day and evening.

The scheme will set a benchmark for the quality of public realm in the rest of the town centre by providing new street furniture and simplifying the surface materials and circulation, to create an elegant and comfortable environment for both pedestrians and cyclists. It will also retain and enhance the setting of the pond which has been there for over 100 years.

Street lighting throughout The Parade will be upgraded and complemented with additional lighting to make the street brighter and attract people to the area during the evenings.

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