Dortmund Square makeover work set to resume

Caption: An illustration of Dortmund Square featuring the new central tree

Work on the refurbishment of Dortmund Square in Leeds city centre which will see a signature tree planted in honour of Her Majesty The Queen resumes this week.

The project to improve walkways, street lighting and seating at the square located off The Headrow to open up and enhance the space for visitors to the city centre, shoppers and families began last month.

Work was put on hold over the Christmas and new year shopping period, but will now continue from Thursday 17 January. The existing flagstones will be taken up and a hole excavated in the centre of the square which will host the new London Plane tree to be put in place in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which was celebrated last summer.

The tree will initially be approximately 10 metres tall and weigh 1.5 tonnes. It will be placed in a specially-designed tree pit which will contain state-of-the-art engineering to allow for healthy long-term root growth and drainage. It is estimated that once fully grown, the tree will reach over 100 feet in height (30 metres) and live well over a hundred years.

Once the tree has been installed, the surface of the square will then be recreated with new flagstones put in place, while there will also be improvements to lighting, the existing benches replaced and CCTV cameras being realigned. The project is expected to be completed by the spring.

Throughout the length of the project which is being carried out by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside and highways teams, areas of Dortmund Square will be inaccessible to the public although access to the adjacent shops will continue via pedestrian pathways. The disabled parking spaces on Mark Lane will be unavailable for public use throughout the refurbishment period.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“Now the Christmas and new year periods having come and gone, we can get on and carry out this refurbishment project which will greatly improve the look of Dortmund Square and make it more attractive for pedestrians, shoppers and visitors.

“The new tree in honour of Her Majesty The Queen is going to be a great sight when it is planted and we look forward to completing the work so people can enjoy the new-look square for a long time to come.”


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