Castleward’s tree-lined boulevard improves city centre link

Derby’s link between the railway station and the Intu shopping centre and Derby city centre has been greatly improved after Compendium Living installed new trees along the boulevard at Castleward.

The city can now enjoy the latest benefits from the £100 million development, as the boulevard, which is a popular route with pedestrians and cyclists, has now been lined with 36 semi-mature lime trees.

Work is currently underway on phase one of Castleward, which includes 164 homes, 16,500 sq ft of commercial space and public open space.

Dave Bullock, Managing Director at Compendium Living, comments: “We are pleased to be nearing completion on work on the boulevard and to have created an attractive link between the railway station and the city centre.

“As well as transforming underused brownfield land into new homes and retail space, one of the main aims of Castleward is to greatly improve this popular pedestrian link, which in recent years had become a dull and unattractive place to walk.

“While people have still been able to use this link, it has now been transformed into a vibrant, pedestrianised gateway to the city centre and has been greatly enhanced by the addition of the new trees.

“We believe the new boulevard will bring major benefits to both the railway station and the Intu shopping centre, and those travelling between the two.”

The lime trees, which are seven metres tall and have been imported from Holland, have been installed on either side of Liversage Street to create an attractive tree-lined effect.

Additional trees will be added to the boulevard when it is completed in early 2016.