Work to upgrade and refurbish Bond Court in Leeds City Centre is now complete.
The £90,000 project - funded jointly by Leeds City Council and property developers Wilton Developments and designed by Groundwork's Landscape Architects - has seen a range of improvements to make it a more attractive space for visitors to the city centre.
The area has been repaved in granite, had new seating installed, and has seen four new London Plane trees and two new Fastigiate Oak trees planted. Chess boards have been carved into the new seating area, and the unusual petanque pitch has been retained.
It is hoped that the work is the first step of a wider refurbishment of Bond Court, which may involve an extension of the high quality granite paving throughout the whole square, to complement proposed redevelopments of nearby buildings.
Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:
“This scheme is a good example of how to achieve improvements to the city centre in a testing economic climate through working with the private sector to bring about refurbishments.
“By using really high quality materials in this scheme, we have set the standard for the next phase of the refurbishment of the area.
“Bond Court has the potential to be a real asset for the city centre’s business district and a genuine high quality destination for businesses”
Jason Stowe, managing director of Leeds based Wilton Developments said:
“Bond Court is a very important square for the city, being only one of a few office plazas in Leeds where the buildings are not separated from the public space of the square by traffic.
“The Square has so much more to offer its occupants and people using the Square, which we feel with a little investment can be realised.”