Peek into the future as windows go in at Worcester’s £20m Cathedral Square

WORCESTER’S £20 million Cathedral Square is gathering pace – with the exciting development transforming the skyline in the city centre.

These smart windows offer an insight into the view restaurant-goers can expect once the long-awaited project is complete, peering out towards Worcester Cathedral.

In recent weeks workers have completed extensive cladding around the old plaza, with a new outer appearance taking shape.

The section above the Travelodge hotel and Pizza Express now features smart brickwork and long windows offering panoramic views.

This coming week, work will get underway on the piazza-style open public realm, before the retailers are asked to go in and fit out their units.

The exciting scheme’s progress, led by the Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund, has been lauded as “brilliant” by council chiefs.

Nick Webb, from Salmon, said: “This is a really exciting point in the project.

“People may have noticed the scaffolding coming down and the scheme really starting to take shape.

“We’ll be handing over part of the site to the county council’s contractors next week so they can complete works on the public realm.

“The next stage will be to hand over individual units to tenants, who will be commencing their ‘fit out’ from late spring onwards.

“There is just one restaurant unit remaining and we’ve been delighted with progress on-site, our close collaboration with the city and county councils and the response from retail and leisure operators to date.”

Cllr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council‘s cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: “It’s an absolutely brilliant scheme and I look forward to it being opened up.”

Last month we revealed how Asian restaurants Yo! Sushi and Kung Fu have both signed 15-year leases at the development, and will open eateries by the summer.

The move is yet another significant shot-in-the-arm for the retail destination, meaning it has just one restaurant unit yet to be filled.

The Asian eateries will join Ask, All Bar One, Byron Hamburgers, Cosy Club and Miller & Carter steakhouse as the restaurants signed up.

Gym chain Fitness4less and Wilko are also signed up and will open for business over the coming months.