Company selected to give Queens Square, Crawley, a £3million refurbishment

jpco-12-2-14 Flooded Queens Square, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120141002113333
jpco-12-2-14 Flooded Queens Square, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120141002113333

A company has been selected to design a £3million refurbishment plan for Queens Square.

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council have committed £1.5million each to the project which is aimed at giving the aging square a new lease of life.

Both councils had a hand in selecting award-winning design company Burns + Nice to bring the project to life.

Among the company’s success stories was the redesigning of squares and public areas in London, Gravesend and Leicester.

They included the £5million Stockwell Masterplan and the Belgrave Heartlands Masterplan.

The firm’s work on the Leicester Square City Quarter earned it the Placemaking Award 2013 for Design Excellence.

The borough council held a public consultation earlier this year, asking people how they would like to see Queens Square improved.

Among the 150 answers received was a call for an indoor market to the square and expanding the existing market.

New paving, signage and seating was called for as was the levelling out of the square to prevent flooding and make parts of it easier to access. Some people wanted to see the square covered over completely or in part and for the Pavilion, which houses Costa and Pound World, to be demolished.

Marie Burns, from Burns + Nice, said the project was in the very early stages of development so no designs were ready to look at.

She added: “Queens Square will symbolise the changing and emerging Crawley as a place to live, work, visit and invest in.

“This project demonstrates that investment in revitalising the public realm supported by local residents and businesses can stimulate regeneration.”

David Covill, director of resources at Crawley Borough Council, said: “Queens Square will be a special place where people meet and spend time.

“There are already signs that companies will look to invest as a result of the commitment made by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.”

A planning application is expected towards the end of the year. Consultation will take place before the start of the design work and continue throughout the project, which is estimated to begin on site in the summer of 2015 and be completed by spring 2016.