Work has begun to improve the pedestrian entrance to Chester’s riverside.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is funding public realm works at The Groves and near the new HQ building in a project totalling £606,000.
Visitors walking along the riverside promenade in front of County Hall will be enticed across the road at the Old Dee Bridge by new cobble-effect surfacing in place of asphalt.
Bollards, where people currently enter the riverside area, will be moved closer to The Groves in line with the start of the walkway, creating a more pedestrian-friendly entrance.
The NWDA has also taken the opportunity to enhance the quality of public space surrounding the new £80million HQ development.
Liberty Properties is fulfilling its obligations to carry out improvement works but the NWDA investment is funding new York stone footpaths and landscaping which is under way.
Liberty Properties has contributed to improvements to Grosvenor roundabout and provided a bus lay-by. They are also providing public seating areas including the central piazza within HQ.
Located on the site of the former Cheshire Constabulary headquarters, HQ will feature an 80-bed Abode hotel, two restaurants, 34 apartments and offices acquired by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Cllr Herbert Manley, the council’s prosperity portfolio holder said: “It is incredibly important that public areas in the city are of a high quality and are well maintained. This funding will boost investor confidence in the city and create a positive image of the city for visitors.”