Leicester cathedral puts its faith in a Gillespies landscape

Landscape architect Gillespies has unveiled a £3m plan to unify two key spaces in the shadow of Leicester cathedral.

Cathedral Gardens will bring together two previously separate spaces, the city’s Cathedral precincts and the grounds of a former grammar school. The new square will offer a tranquil setting that can also host outdoor events for up to 800 people.

A central lawn with water feature outside the cathedral will define the space. Opposite the churchyard in the east will be the new Wyggeston Garden, named after the Wyggeston Hospital dating from 1513, remains of which lie below the surface.

Gillespies associate partner Jon Akers Coyle said: The new Gardens at the heart of the heritage quarter will complement the historic architecture and laneways with a rich tapestry of shapes and textures, open lawns and colourful seasonal planting palette."

Half of the costs are being met as part of a mayoral programme of improvements with the cathedral aiming to raise the other half. The proposals have been submitted for planning consent and are on public display in the cathedral.

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