Evolution under way as town work ‘progresses well’

Shoppers can see Hemel Hempstead town centre’s transformation happening before their very eyes as work continues on the renovation of Marlowes.

The first phase of Dacorum Borough Council’s ‘Evolution’ scheme to make the town a more vibrant place to work, live and shop is well under way, with improvements in the main shopping area reported to be progressing well.

Tree pits being dug in Marlowes as part of the Evolution programme

Tree pits being dug in Marlowes as part of the Evolution programme

New tree pits are being dug in the thoroughfare near stores such as Primark, and the second phase of the programme is aimed to be ahead of schedule while the weather is good.

A spokesman for Dacorum Borough Council said: “This work was originally scheduled for 2015, however by installing these trees prior to Christmas they will have the opportunity to better establish and we will be able to decrease the volume of works scheduled for phase two next year.

“This extended works space will be much smaller than the current fenced area and will be further away from shop fronts.”

All of the town centre works are intended to be discreet, with sectioned off areas to allow pedestrians full access to all shops and side roads and maintain ‘business as usual’ along Marlowes.

An information centre has also been set up at 251 Marlowes, open from 8.30am to 4.30p, Monday to Friday.

Passers-by can pop in to ask questions and find out more about the Evolution scheme, which will ultimately see a new additions such as a water feature and soft play areas in the centre, as well as the rejuvination of Bank Court,the Water Gardens and public service quarter.

Enquiries can also be made to Tara McCartney on 01442 267 408 or 07879 993325 or by email on marlowes@greenford.ltd.uk.

For more about the regeneration plans, visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/hemelevolution.