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Work set to begin on Hay Hill – here’s what you need to know

Published on Thursday, 13th April 2023

Construction works start on Monday 17 April to create an improved, vibrant and more accessible city centre space on Hay Hill.

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. We are aiming to complete the project early in 2024.

The sculptures that were previously on Hay Hill have now been removed and the city council is working to find a new city-centre home for them. The statue of Thomas Browne will return, taking up a more prominent position in the final design.

The city council are working closely with the Business Improvement District, local businesses and events organisers to minimise disruption during the construction and ensure that the city centre remains fully accessible.

Here are some of the key changes to be aware of while the construction is going on:

  • Hay Hill will be fenced off and the public won’t be able to access the centre of the space. However, pedestrian access will be maintained around the outside and all businesses will remain open.
  • Part of Chapelfield East car park will be closed from Monday 17 April for the duration of the works. A reduced capacity of 5 public spaces and 1 disabled space will remain available. Find alternative car parks here.
  • The cycle racks next to the site will be unavailable from Monday 17 April. Alternative cycle parking can be found nearby on St Peters Street and Brigg Street.
  • Some of the on-street parking and all of the car club bays on All Saints Green will be suspended until November 2023.

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.

More details and visuals of the scheme design.


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