Work to improve two Newcastle city centre streets is almost finished

The finishing touches to two Newcastle city centre streets are being made in time for the summer.

Newcastle City Council has revealed that improvement work to Ridley Place and Saville Row is nearing completion.

The local authority states that it has a long-term vision to transform the heart of the city into a greener, more welcoming place to attract visitors and investment, as well as making a place local people can be proud of.

Ridley Place is home to a number of businesses, such as independent shops and cafes that offer a new destination for the city.

A CGI of Ridley Place in Newcastle city centre.
A CGI of Ridley Place in Newcastle city centre.
A CGI of Ridley Place in Newcastle city centre.

The council says it is committed to helping create an exciting environment where businesses can flourish and that it has worked closely with the existing businesses during the improvement work.

The most recent example of this is the design of a series of murals that will brighten a number of exposed walls on Ridley Place, with the first being painted by a local artist on the exterior of Zapatista in the coming weeks.

New chain lighting across the street will illuminate the area and offer opportunities for artwork and other installations to be displayed.

Newcastle City Council has also revealed that a new pocket park will be created near Northumberland Street to provide a place for people to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

A CGI of Saville Row in Newcastle city centre.
A CGI of Saville Row in Newcastle city centre.
A CGI of Saville Row in Newcastle city centre.

The council says that Saville Row has been designed with families in mind, with new street furniture and planters giving the feeling of a garden just off the city’s main shopping street.

There is also future plans to introduce kiosks to offer alternative trading opportunities on the street.

The designs for Saville Row are influenced by the works of Thomas Bewick, a local historic figure whose works can be found in the City Library.

Cllr Alex Hay, Cabinet Member for a Resilient City, Newcastle City Council said: “I’m pleased that the work on these two streets will soon be complete and am looking forward to seeing them fully reopened to the public.

“As an authority, we know it’s important that we provide the right environment for small and independent businesses to grow, and both these streets will offer this.

“These businesses are important to Newcastle’s economy and help to create jobs and opportunities for residents.

“Ridley Place and Saville Row will have new planting, trees, and more greenery, supporting our drive for a greener, more sustainable city and contributing to our ambition to become carbon neutral.

“I hope they will both be enjoyed by both local people and visitors to the city for years to come.”

Newcastle City Council has confirmed that the improvements to both streets have been funded through the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

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