Phase 3 Public Realm Improvements
Emerging plans to further enhance Maidstone's town centre
Following the success of the £3.5 million High Street redevelopment works completed in 2012/ 2013, Maidstone Borough Council is undertaking additional public realm improvements to complement the work already done and to further boost the vitality of other areas, with increased land values, footfall and the generation of additional expenditure.
The next phase will see more than £3 million invested in Week Street and Gabriel's Hill/Lower Stone Street, down to the junction with Palace Avenue. The designs draw upon the rich heritage of Maidstone, and include squares at key junctions to link with side roads. For example, Iguanodon Square, at the junction with St Faith's Street has been designed to link with Maidstone Museum. It'll remind visitors that an Iguanodon skeleton was found in Maidstone.
The changes will see the creation of a level surface throughout, giving a more pedestrian feel. The designs also show a timeline running all the way from Maidstone East Station to Gala Bingo, marking key points in Maidstone’s history. The project is currently out to tender and construction is due to start on site in Spring 2018. Once a contractor is appointed, and the programme of works is known, all affected businesses will be contacted to discuss the works.
This investment is in addition to the impending demolition of the "Old Vic" pub as part of a £2 million Network Rail scheme to replace Maidstone East ticket office with an iconic glass and steel entrance and café overlooking County Hall. This major new gateway project is jointly funded by the National Station Improvement Programme and South East Local Enterprise Partnership.