UPDATE: More details given for new 'urban beach' planned for Peterborough's Fletton Quays development

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Further details have been provided for the 'urban beach' planned for the new £120 million Fletton Quays development.

The attraction will be put in alongside a new linear (long length) park and 358 new apartments by the River Nene.

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

An urban beach is an artificial public beachfront created in an urban setting.

A spokesman for the Weston Homes development said: "The Fletton Quays site is a total of 20 acres, and the entire South Bank of the River Nene running from the London Road bridge, all the way the way along to the site of the old Whitworth Mill, is being turned into a spacious linear park fronting directly onto the River Nene.

"The urban beach will be a combination of hard and soft landscaped areas, designed like an Venetian piazza to step down to the river’s edge. There are also sculptural benches and seats along the waterfront, along with public open space for people to relax and sunbathe during the summer months.

"The entire waterfront will be open to the public who will be able to access the new urban beach and linear park either from London Road, steps down by the bridge, or from East Station Road, which will have boulevards between the buildings opening through onto the waterfront.

An urban beach photo

An urban beach photo

"In addition, the Hilton hotel, bar and restaurant facilities will mean that people will be able to enjoy the waterfront during both the daytime and evening, and enjoy cocktails, food and snacks whilst enjoying views over the river.

"During the summer months people will be able to sunbathe, picnic, jog or walk along the linear park and urban beach, and there are likely to be ice cream sellers and cold drinks carts once the development is fully completed."

Weston Homes has confirmed that it is funding the linear park and urban beach.

Under a Section 106 Agreement with the council, which sets out developers' contributions to a project, Weston Homes agreed to provide "public open space along the waterfront and the creation of a public promenade, with public access."

An urban beach photo

An urban beach photo

But the spokesman added: "However, the requirement initially was just for Weston to develop the promenade just in front of their own development. What Weston Homes has done from its own initiative is to extend the promenade across the entire site, so that the new promenade runs from the bridge to the new council offices. The design of the waterfront, with the combination of linear park and urban beach, is by Weston Homes design.

"The project is a good example of how the council and the private sector are working well together, for the benefit of Peterborough, and praise should go to Peterborough City Council for successfully attracting the investment and having the vision to have the waterfront transformed into the city’s own mini-version of Canary Wharf."

Fletton Quays, at Peterborough’s South Bank, is also due to get a whisky and gin distillery and an arts centre, as well as retail, restaurant and leisure facilities, while the city council will move onto brand new offices at the site.

Bob Weston, chairman and CEO of Weston Homes, which is behind the development, said: “Fletton Quays will provide a new community for Peterborough’s expanding population, providing high class city centre apartments in a striking architectural style more often associated with Canary Wharf.

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

“The redevelopment of the South Bank is also sure to cement Peterborough’s status as one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. With all it has to offer, there is no doubt that Fletton Quays will become the jewel in the crown of Peterborough.”

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A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development

A computer-generated image of the Fletton Quays development