A £1.6 million plan to redevelop part of the St Peter’s Hill, in Grantham, is set to be given the go ahead next week.
The designs, which lay out how South Kesteven District Council will create a new public route between its offices, the new cinema complex currently being built, and a nearby retail area, are set to go before the authority’s Development Management Committee.
The massive spend was approved in July by the authority’s Full Council, who voted through plans to take money from the district’s reserves.
A report before the council says: “The proposal would improve pedestrian and cycle access between St Peter’s Hill and the new cinema. This would help increase footfall to this part of the town centre and aid its long-term vitality.”
“In conclusion, this proposal would enhance this part of the Grantham Conservation Area and support the long-term vitality of the town centre and in turn, the overall role of Grantham as a sub-regional centre.”
The works include the part demolition of some of SKDC’s offices to 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.
New cladding is set to be installed on both of the buildings affected.
The costs are as follows:
- £246,350 preliminary costs
- £95,100 demolition
- £846,315 remodelling of the courtyard and public realm works
- £50,000 new entrance cost
- £187,671 associated costs, including contractor risk and inflation
- £169,929 fees
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