Let it grow, let it grow – Fletton grows
We are at an important moment in Peterborough’s future development as a city.
Earlier this year, the first stage of the Fletton Quays development was delivered. It will be complete by 2020.
And just last week, a planning application for North Westgate, which will include office accommodation, homes, cafes, restaurants, a hotel and a public square was signed off by planners.
These two important milestones, represent a new age for Peterborough, as it looks to transform into a larger city and a destination in its own right.
Over the next 15 years, our population will grow from around 200,000 to 235,000. That’s a massive increase of over 17 per cent.
We are literally building the future. The infrastructure and landmarks our children and our children’s children will come to see as iconic to our city’s look and feel. That’s why it’s important we get it right.
LDA Design is a Peterborough based landscape architect company, which specialises in redeveloping urban areas so they work best for the people that use them.
To give you an idea of their credentials, LDA were the brainchild behind the Olympic Park in London and its post-games transformation, the University College of London’s pioneering new campus and have won hundreds of awards for what they do.
Now they have kindly agreed to lend their services to the council free of charge, to create a 20 page development framework – or blueprint – of what our city should look like in 2035.
As a Peterborough based firm with city born and bred owners, they have a vested interest in making this their most exciting and innovative creation yet.
The blueprint welcomes visitors to our city with a large plaza outside the train station, guides them through North Westgate, through the city centre and out to an arena/concert hall by the river.
After watching 2035’s equivalent of Ed Sheeran, you could then either catch a water taxi to Nene Park, pop up to the new university campus further up the Embankment, or grab a gin a tonic at the distillery at the Fletton Quays development and POSH stadium.
It’s a bold design, packed full of retail, leisure and entertainment features. But it’s one which will help secure our future as a larger city destination, boosting tourism and opportunities for local residents.
The design will be on our website from next week for you to look at and comment on.