Regeneration of Queens Square completed

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 17:00

The regeneration of Queens Square has been completed – on time and on budget.

The fencing has been taken down today (3 October) so visitors to the town centre can now take advantage of the much-improved public square. The improvements, which took 12 months to complete, has encouraged new businesses to open in the square and for existing retailers and property owners to improve the appearance of their buildings. The new square includes high quality paving, new and improved lighting, new seating, new street furniture, new planting and a fountain.

The £3.2m regeneration scheme, which has been designed to create a high quality, inviting, distinctive and enjoyable public space, is a joint project between Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership. Now, the council is working with West Sussex County Council on proposals to extend the high quality Queens Square regeneration work along connector streets Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate. Design objectives for the £2.2m scheme include a cohesive design with Queens Square; improved connectivity with Memorial Gardens and Queensway; flat, accessible and attractive; attractive lighting for safety and aesthetics; seating; cycle racks; more litter bins; disabled bays; and better vehicular access into Parkside Car Park.

The revamped Queens Square provides the town centre with a great events space and a free family fun day to mark the official reopening will take place on Saturday 7 October from 12 noon. Everyone’s welcome at this family-friendly celebratory event, which will include professional singing, dancing, music from a concert band, street performers, face painting, balloon art and much more. Metrobus will be bringing its special 70th birthday bus along, Queens Square shops will be getting involved and we’ll be switching on the fountains for the first time since work is completed too! Decathlon, which is celebrating its first birthday, is joining in the fun with sporting activities and giveaways in the square.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “Queens Square looks fantastic; it’s a brilliant, much-improved public area which will become a popular meeting point and events space. We are already seeing the impact of this investment as Crawley attracts new businesses and investors to our town. “I’d like to thank all of our residents, visitors and retailers in the square and along Queensway for their patience during the works.”

Councillor Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Highways, said: “Queens Square looks great and is a new focal-point for Crawley. “It’s a fantastic asset for the town centre and will encourage even more people to visit and make use of the area. Everyone involved in the regeneration scheme deserves praise.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have contributed to the regeneration of Queens Square, which has not only provided a high quality and vital public space for the community, but will also enhance local employment opportunities by attracting new retail and development investment, and more visitors to Crawley.”

Mark Haynes, Chair of Crawley Town Centre Partnership, said: “We’re thrilled with the regeneration to Queens Square. “The investment has lifted the town centre and will ultimately encourage new and existing visitors and businesses to Crawley, which we’re confident will have a positive impact for the entire town centre. Well done to all of those who have been involved with the project.”

Federico Fraguela Ferro, Manager of Decathlon in Queens Square, said: “Decathlon decided to come to Crawley due to its great catchment, as well as numerous and excellent sports facilities, and partly because of the work taking place in the town, particularly in Queens Square. “It will give us a great space to hold community events and start enjoying the square with the people from Crawley.”