Green light for town centre’s Evolution

Artists impression of improvements to Hemel Hempstead town centre
Artists impression of improvements to Hemel Hempstead town centre

Long-awaited plans to give Hemel Hempstead’s tired town centre a 21st century facelift have been given the green light.

The far-reaching blueprint, part of the wider Hemel Evolution project which takes in a string of high-profile projects set to take shape in the near future, promises a fresh new look for the town’s main shopping area.

Highlights include a town square linking the centre of Marlowes to the Water Gardens, with a water feature and a performance space for events, new tree planting to bring nature and shade to the area, unique play areas for children and improved lighting which aims to encourage more people to use the town centre at night.

Work should start in late spring or early summer and take around a year, with a break for Christmas.

Dacorum Borough Council leader Councillor Andrew Williams, who also holds the Civic Centre regeneration brief, said yesterday: “We’re investing in this major regeneration project to attract more businesses and visitors to the area.

“We want to make sure that Hemel Hempstead becomes a more vibrant and busy place for people to enjoy working, living and visiting.”