Transforming Chesterfield town centre
Key public spaces and the connections between them are set to be transformed as part of the next phase of Chesterfield Borough Council’s regeneration of the town centre.
In November 2021, the council was successful in securing almost £20m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund,
£11.4m will be allocated towards the costs of a £15.6m project to remodel and refurbish Chesterfield’s ‘striking’ Stephenson Memorial Hall extending the Pomegranate Theatre, reconfiguring and modernising Chesterfield museum, and introducing new gallery space, a café bar, education, and community facilities.
The remaining £8.5m of funding will be used to further regenerate Chesterfield’s historic town centre – our vision is a beating heart for the town, with modern events, experiences, excitement and ease of movement through and around the historic core.
Improvements will be centred around key public spaces (listed below) and the connectivity between these locations, Stephenson Memorial Hall, the iconic Crooked Spire and key visitor arrival points.
- Corporation Street
- Spire Walk
- Rykneld Square
- Burlington Street
- Packers Row
- New Square
The proposals will make the spine and heart of the town centre a more useable, navigable, attractive, safer and healthier place to spend time. It will do this by:
- Improving the quality of lighting in the town centre, contributing to the climate change agenda and increasing and enhancing the overall quality of the urban environment
- Improving the wayfinding around the town centre and usability of key public squares for cultural and commercial events, providing a platform for improved cultural events to attract more visitors
- Improving the digital connectivity, through a bespoke Chesterfield wi-fi network
- Improving the environment for pedestrians and cycling