The completion of works to Cathedral Yard allows the removal of traffic from the section of High Street between Fore Street and Broadgate and the implementation of much needed environmental enhancement work to Lower High Street. This will result in the virtual completion of an enhancement programme which has transformed the major and most prominent streets in the centre of Exeter.
Enhancement Proposals for Lower High Street Design Issues
The street presently has little co-ordinated design with a random mixture of poor quality paving materials and street furniture.
The setting for The Guildhall, a grade 1 listed building and major attraction, is not up to a standard that is to be expected of a major historic shire city with loading bays further detracting from the scene.
The main aim is to create a high quality pedestrian friendly street which provides an appropriate setting for the historic buildings. This will be done by:-
the removal of the loading bays on the north-west side of the street to allow the creation of a significant pedestrian space
paving the loading bay on the south-east side of the street with granite slabs, to enhance the pedestrian character of a facility which is not used by vehicles for the major part of the day.
using granite flags for the footways
use granite setts for the complete length of the carriageway from South Street to Queen Street
provide a dropping off/picking up area for the Lord Mayor’s car, controlled by removable bollards
on the north-west side kerbs will generally be 75mm, except at two points, where they will be dropped to allow convenient movement of delivery trolleys.
to enliven the floorscape a different colour granite is proposed for the carriageway channels.
In order to reflect the cultural heritage of this area the text of riddles or simple poetry could be engraved into a number of paving slabs or seats
Goldsmith Street will be paved entirely in granite slabs to create a pedestrian surface. The slabs will be laid in a manner which accommodates heavy goods vehicles.
the tree outside the entrance to the Guildhall shopping centre will be removed to help deal with level problems
additional seating will be provided on the north-west side