Work on a multi-million pound scheme to transform a key Sheffield road can begin next year after a funding decision was made.
The ‘Grey to Green’ initiative will plant wildflowers, bulbs, plants and grasses along West Bar to Castlegate - and also result in the road being narrowed from four lanes to two.
The scheme aims to reinvigorate the area after Castle Market closed, as well as transforming the link between the Riverside Business District and the city centre and helping with flood prevention.
Last week Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore agreed that a funding agreement could be entered into for phase one, totalling £1,426,000.
The project will be paid for with European and Government cash.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, told The Star: “It is really pleasing this can move ahead.
“We should be starting work in the new year and this represents the first scheme in a major package to revamp Castlegate and that area.
“It is another piece of good news as work has also started on the latest St Paul’s offices - box number three. Workers are on site there, and we finally have Ikea approved, as well as the retail quarter being back on track.
“After a lot of hard work there is a lot of good news for the city, showing it is going forward.”
Wildflower experts from The University of Sheffield, who designed the meadows at London’s Olympic Park in 2012, are involved with the initiative.
The council hopes developers will be encouraged to invest if the environment is more attractive, and had to act quickly to meet timetables for European funding.
Sustainable drainage, walking and cycling routes will also be included.
The project is part of the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund submission.