We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended our launch event on Saturday 29th July. We had a fantastic turnout and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we did!
Our much anticipated £20 million redevelopment was officially declared open by the Mayor of Worcester Councillor Steve Mackay on Saturday 29th July, which was then followed by a loud roar and a round of applause from the crowd.
The fun packed day was kicked off with the Museum of Worcestershire’s historic re-enactment group who put on a fantastic show, taking visitors back in time to witness dramatic scenes from the English Civil War.
The Ley Clerks, then performed music from the Three Choirs Festival, which is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, performed by professional choirs who represent the venerable and unique tradition of Anglican music and liturgy.
The afternoon’s activities also included live cooking demonstrations from ITV’s ‘This Morning’ celebrity chef, Lesley Waters. Lesley performed three separate demonstrations, each of which had an array of delicious dishes including her famous Summer Bakewell Tart. As our special guest, Lesley was also head judge of our Great Worcester Bake Off, which saw contestants battle it out to be crowned the Great Worcester Bake Off Champion 2017. We had a number of spectacular cakes submitted, and after much deliberation, Lesley crowned Emma Hill the winner.
Staying with the foodie themed entertainment, there were live cocktail demonstrations from All Bar One, pizza making workshops from Pizza Express and coffee tastings from Starbucks, all of which proved highly popular with our guests!
A screening of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone at the pop-up salvage cinema ended the day in the new look square. Many took a seat and got comfortable on deck chairs and blankets whilst munching away on popcorn and pizza, from Pizza Express’ takeaway deal.
Nick Webb of SHOF commented, “This opening is the culmination of years of hard work by Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils and ourselves, to bring something new and exciting to Worcester. It is wonderful to see local people enjoying the space and facilities Cathedral Square now offers.”
Matthew Meaden of SHOF added, “This redevelopment brings 10,000 sq m of floor space back into use, redefines the retail and leisure pitch in Worcester and brings much needed regeneration to this part of the city centre. We have brought some big name brands to the city, by providing the right size and quality of unit in the heart of Worcester.”
The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Steve Mackay said: “Cathedral Square is a fantastic new asset for the prosperous city of Worcester, and the City Council is proud to have invested in it. The Square, which has created many new jobs, will help to draw more visitors and shoppers to Worcester. I would urge local people to come on down and experience everything it has to offer for themselves.”
Cllr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: “This development has transformed the Cathedral area of the city. The new shops and restaurants will be a welcome addition for residents and visitors alike. It will also benefit existing businesses in Worcester and encourage more to open as Cathedral Square will boost the overall footfall. This is a project that will not only build civic pride among residents, but also encourage visitors to Worcestershire to enjoy more of the new shops and the Cathedral itself just opposite.”
Des O’Neill, Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe, the main contractor for the project, said, “Cathedral Square is an example of the project team’s commitment to delivering the very best in retail and leisure facilities for both the general public and visitors to Worcester. Speller Metcalfe has been proud to be associated with such an exciting development, which has provided employment for local sub-contractors and suppliers across the county, as well as new tenants. It has been a challenging project given its central location and tight footprint, but with the support of our colleagues and neighbouring businesses we have created a fantastic addition to the city.”