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Hemel Evolution: Artist's impression of the Bank Court 'plaza' regeneration

Hemel Evolution: Artist's impression of the Bank Court 'plaza' regeneration

There is less than a fortnight left to have your say on how the key link between Hemel Hempstead town centre and its historic water gardens is to be transformed.

While plans are in the pipeline to transform the Marlowes pedestrian area and £3.4 million has been plunged into the Jellicoe-designed landmark gardens, it is also proposed to regenerate the town’s Bank Court to create a versatile space as a connection between the two.

The proposals are part of the wider £30million programme of development – dubbed Hemel Evolution.

Artist’s impressions of how the new Bank Court ‘plaza’, along with speculative images of the renovated Water Gardens, have been shown to the public already in an open consultation day, and are available to view online. Visit dacorum.gov.uk/hemelevolution for more details and to take part in the Bank Court consultation before midnight on Sunday, August 10.

Dacorum Borough Council has announced Greenford Ltd as its construction partner for the new-look town centre.

Work will start this autumn on improvements such as an events space, a new interactive water feature, a series of play areas, improved seating, new paving and landscaping and trees and planting.

The transformation of Stephyns Chambers – above the banking district – into a development of affordable homes is also continuing to progress, as part of a council-supported scheme by Hightown housing association.

> You can also get involved in the Water Gardens renovation project at a meeting next Wednesday, August 6.

Held at 7pm in the Civic Centre’s Gade Room, the meeting will discuss what the Heritage Lottery funds will be spent on. Visit www.facebook.com/jellicoewatergardens or email watergardens@dacorum.gov.uk for more.

 

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