Report reveals new face of Hemel Hempstead town centre

New plans for Hemel Hempstead town centre.
New plans for Hemel Hempstead town centre.

The face of Hemel Hempstead town centre could be completely transformed under new plans by Dacorum Borough Council – and a new report shows what it could look like.

Trees would line the pedestrianised Marlowes shopping area under plans to be put before the authority’s cabinet panel next Tuesday.

A ‘town square’ opposite Bank Court would form the centrepiece of the new arrangement, which would incorporate a refurbished water feature, LED information screen, performance canopy and stage.

Work on the project – which is due to begin in spring this year – is expected to cost £2.91m.

Hemel Hempstead bus station would be relocated to part of the Marlowes and Bridge Street under plans, while the taxi rank will move to Waterhouse Street.

A report to the borough council’s cabinet states that the Hemel Hempstead Town Centre Masterplan was adopted last month.

It says: “By 2021 Hemel Hempstead Town Centre will be an appealing, attractive and sustainable destination with a thriving economic centre and a high quality environment.

“The regeneration and evolution of the town centre will emphasise the natural and cultural assets of the town and celebrate its New Town history and rich heritage.”

You can view the cabinet report and all of the documents that go with it by clicking here and looking under the ‘Hemel Evolution Projects’ heading