Local businesses look back at the affect Cathedral Square has had since its opening

The award winning scheme, was completed in 2017 and the square itself opened last summer.
The award winning scheme, was completed in 2017 and the square itself opened last summer.
Published Monday, 10th September 2018

As Cathedral Square continues to delve into the past whilst it hosts a First World War photography exhibition until 30th September, local businesses have been looking back at the last year since the major improvement scheme was completed.

As Cathedral Square continues to delve into the past whilst it hosts a First World War photography exhibition until 30th September, local businesses have been looking back at the last year since the major improvement scheme was completed.

The award winning scheme was completed in 2017 and the square itself opened last summer.

It was created to provide a centre point for both business and social activity, whilst also providing an ideal space for al fresco dining and events.

Since then, local businesses such as Lush, who are based in the High Street near Cathedral Square, have seen a real upturn in their footfall and visitor numbers.

Sophie, Manager of Lush Worcester, said: "There has a real positive atmosphere in the Cathedral Square shopping centre area, since the work has been completed, and it's been a really great thing to be a part of.

The works have had a real positive effect on our visitor numbers, and given people a real reason to come visit the historic retail end of town."

The project, which was developed in partnership with the County Council, City Council and Salmon Harvester and partly funded by the Worcestershire LEP, was awarded the Revo Refresh Gold Award late last year. This was in recognition of the scheme setting a blueprint for other historic towns and cities on how to improve both their public realm and retail areas.

Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure – Councillor Ken Pollock said: "The Cathedral Square project has completely transformed the historic retail end of Worcester City Centre, providing a real opportunity for both locals and visitors to the area in terms of shopping and socialising.

Its impact in, terms of enticing people to visit the city seeing all it has to offer and boosting our economy, has been fantastic".

The works included restoring the stone plinth around the Elgar Statue, fitting new paving throughout with a design inspired by musical notes from an Edward Elgar piece of music, along with fitting new seating, bins and bollards.

The Cathedral Square scheme is part of a programme of Public Realm works from Worcestershire County Council, aimed at updating our town centres across the county. The plans are to provide public spaces that are both robust and functional as well as being distinctive, attractive and which help to preserve the county’s historic character. This is essential to developing Worcestershire’s economy and supporting the county to be 'Open for Business'.