Grantham

Designs reveal St Peter’s Hill makeover

Plans submitted to South Kesteven District Council have revealed more of the authority’s plans for its £1.6 million part of the redevelopment of St Peter’s Hill in Grantham.

The designs lay out in detail how the council proposes to create a new public route between its offices, the new cinema complex currently being built, and a nearby retail area.

Councillors on SKDC’s Full Council are set to approve the ‘Public Realm’ plans spend on Thursday.

A layout of the planned public realm works.

The works would include the part demolition of some of SKDC’s offices which will be replaced by a glass bridge from the Civic building to the council offices which will open up a courtyard currently used as a staff entrance.

The council says the bridge will ‘provide a link between the two buildings whilst retaining the open, transparent feeling of the new route’.

The council’s plans will also see the main entrance to the authority’s buildings moved to the courtyard to create a new lobby including a ‘step’ and platform lift’

Planters and benches will also be installed, along with street lighting, planters and concrete structures as well as street and feature lighting.

A side view of the bridge planned to be built once part of the building linking SKDC to the Civic Building is demolished.

New cladding is set to be installed on both of the buildings affected.

A document supplied to the authority’s planning department reads: “The proposed scheme works hand in hand with the new cinema that is currently under construction. The scheme will provide a much-needed link from the cinema through to Grantham town centre.

“All interventions are of a contemporary architectural style so as not to be a pastiche of the historical design in the local area.

Artist’s impression of the multiplex cinema in Grantham which the council’s plans will link to.

“The scheme will be subtly landscaped to guide pedestrians through the site, whilst also providing areas for sitting and informal gathering. The intension is to provide a scheme that will become create a vibrant and well used space.”

According to the council, the total £1,661,140 costs will break down as follows – £246,350 preliminary costs, £95,100 demolition, £846,315 remodelling of the courtyard and public realm works, £50,000 new entrance, £187,671 associated costs including contractor’s risk and inflation and £163,929 fees.