Lincoln council lines up water feature for Cornhill Square

City of Lincoln Council is lining up plans to build a water feature in the city centre as part of multi-million pound regeneration work to the Cornhill Quarter.

As part of phase two improvements to Cornhill Square, senior councillors will consider drawing up the proposals which would include paving, seating and street furniture.

The authority’s executive will also look at plans to improve the city’s Central Market at a meeting next week and proposed setting aside £300,000 for the plans.

The fountain would reflect similar features found in Trinity Square and Victoria Square in Hull, which include water jets and mirror pools that pulse.

Cornhill Quarter visuals at nighttime.

A report before councillors will say that the authority needs to “build on the success” of the £70 million Cornhill regeneration project.

It says: “The council is now developing a new City Centre Vibrancy programme to build on this success and to bring partners together to co-ordinate the future development of the High Street.

“The key driver is the need to adapt and to future proof the city to provide for a growing population and secure its position as a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive regional centre.

“The restoration and development of public assets such as the Cornhill Square and Central Market are integral to this programme and a key priority for the council.”

The move comes as part of a £70 million regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter, which is expected to see a new cinema and shops built.

The new signage proposed for the Cornhill Quarter.

As well as the Cosy Club, an Everyman Cinema, The Botanist cocktail bar and new gym will join the list of firms to be added to the Cornhill.

A public square will also be developed as part of the plans.

Under the public realm proposal, developer the Co-op said there will be a “significant transformation” for both Sincil Street and Cornhill Pavements.

Vintage-style signage will also be hand painted in the area, giving a nod to “ghost signs” which were popular in the 1920a and 30s.

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