Exeter Lower High Street Enhancement

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.

Design Proposals

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

You can view the proposals by clicking on the thumbnails in the gallery below or in this PDF where the whole area is detailed. image - PDF icon (528KB - pdf help)

Timetable
The scheme is programmed to be undertaken in the spring of 2007. The contract is expected to last for five months with completion by August, this allows for a break over the Easter period.

Contacts
Should you wish for any additional information or clarification please contact:

Alan Stone Devon County Council, 01392 382252 or e-mail urbandes@devon.gov.uk
Mike Helliwell, Devon County Council, 01392 382475 or e-mail mike.helliwell@devon.gov.uk
Chris Westlake, Exeter City Council, 01392 265286 or e-mail chris.westlake@exeter.gov.uk

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