Empress Gardens Set to Impress!

Empress Gardens, the area between the iconic venue and the Cenotaph on the Links, is being refurbished and the public realm is being enhanced.

The landscaping work, which is being carried out by Robertson Construction, began on Monday the 29th of January and is due to continue for the duration of the restoration project.

Attractive footpaths will be created to make the area more accessible, new street furniture, including seating and shelters, will be installed, and the area will feature new garden spaces with planters, grass and flowerbeds.

An area will be created for the land train to stop and the improvements will complement the work being carried out at Central Lower Promenade and on the Northern Promenade.

It will also build on the previously completed work to reshape the paths around the Links and Watt’s Slope, the improved Plaza area and the upgraded toilet block.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted that we have reached another milestone in the project – the opening date is getting closer and closer now and this is a really exciting time.

“The landscaping work will look absolutely fantastic and really liven the area up and give the Spanish City a fitting new look outside – I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

“I know the gardens have a lot of sentimental value and people like to sit in the area and take in the views and our designs are sympathetic to this. They include more seating than there is currently and will provide shelter from the elements.”