King Charles Tower Chester

Client: : Cheshire West and Cheshire Location: : Chester Dates: : 2014-2015 Value: : £150,000

HDD were appointed by Cheshire West and Chester Council to provide concept and detailed designs and oversee the implementation of works to an important public open space in the City of Chester located adjacent to Chester’s Roman City Walls. This ‘pocket park’ lies between King Charles Tower and the Shropshire Union Canal in the heart of Chester and despite being, in part, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and within a Conservation Areas it had become an area that was overgrown and dilapidated and attracts a significant amount of antisocial behaviour. The proposals include:

  • vegetation clearance coppicing trees and removing shrubs to provide an open and safe area to attract residents and visitors onto the greenway and into the city
  • architectural lighting of King Charles Tower to improve night time appearance and appeal of the site
  • new paths to attract pedestrians into the site
  • retaining walls
  • planting

HDD negotiated all statutory consents and managed stakeholder consultations and then prepared concept and detailed design proposals, schedules, contract package and management of the on site works.

The project received an award from Chester Civic Trust at their annual awards ceremony, being commended in the Public Open Space category.