Social areas and artwork feature in the newly opened Frodsham Street
11 April 2017Completed public realm improvement works in Frodsham Street have created an attractive new gateway to the city centre.
As part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s significant investment programme for Chester, the street is now open to the public and has been transformed into a ‘shared space’ where priority is shared between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The transformation of Frodsham Street has created attractive shared ‘social’ areas to reduce the dominance of vehicles and make the street more people-friendly.
Inspired by Chester’s architecture, professional artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi has designed a series of unique bollards.
The bollard designs incorporate and highlight architectural features found on Frodsham Street and across the city; encouraging visitors and residents to take time to appreciate the history of the city and the environment around Frodsham Street.
Several feature bollards are positioned at key gateways to the walls, cathedral and canal. These recognise the prominent role Frodsham Street has in the history of the city and incorporate photographs of the cathedral ceiling and the Shropshire Union Canal.
In the development of the artwork, Katayoun researched the local history of Frodsham Street and was keen to learn how local people and traders felt and thought about the street. She led a number of community events, including an archaeologist walk & talk, and a pub quiz about Frodsham Street.
The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “The transformation of Frodsham Street has created a new fitting gateway to the city. Katayoun’s artwork looks wonderful; the links she has created with surrounding architecture and Chester landmarks are really effective.
“Supplier problems resulted in the project taking longer than expected to complete, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the bus companies, shops and stall holders affected by these works for their patience and support.”
City Rail Link buses have started to use Frodsham Street, with other services potentially coming back in early May.
When the new Chester Bus Interchange opens in June, the remaining bus services will return and Frodsham Street will become an even more important gateway to the city.
The Frodsham Street improvements are part of a commitment by the council to invest in Chester. The Northgate development, bus interchange, city walls restoration, Dee House and further investment in the public realm including Gorse Stacks are amongst the projects planned and under construction to improve the city and encourage private sector investment.