Latest plans have been revealed for the transformation of Hay Hill following an extensive public and stakeholder consultation.
More planting, additional and improved seating, better designed steps, increased open space for cultural activities, improved walking links through to other parts of the city, and the installation of a water feature are all part of the updated scheme.
A report will be taken to cabinet on December 14, asking for approval to award a contract for the work, which is expected to begin in January 2023.
Over 400 people took part in the city council’s consultation at the start of the year, which asked for their views on initial plans to breathe new life into this key public centre space.
Nearly 80 per cent of respondents supported or strongly supported the ethos of the scheme – to create a more natural, greener place to spend time in the city centre. Full consultation results can be found here.
Following close collaboration with stakeholders, as well as public feedback, the smaller sculptures on site will be relocated to Elm Hill Gardens, allowing this unique and special piece of artwork to remain in the city centre and freely accessible to all. The current statue of Thomas Browne will remain and be moved to a more prominent position.
Leader of Norwich City Council, Cllr Alan Waters, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to comment and help guide our final plans for Hay Hill.
“The consultation has shown how important the space is for the city – and I’m delighted that we’re able to move ahead and give Hay Hill the makeover it deserves.”
Hay Hill is one of eight projects in the city to be funded from the government’s £25 million Towns Fund, which was awarded to Norwich City Council in 2020. Partnership work between the council and the Norwich Town Deal Board – which represents key businesses and institutions across the city, has been integral in securing funding and moving forward projects.