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Tudor Square revamp goes on show

Tudor Square
Council officials want Tudor Square to attract people to the city centre

A scheme to transform a central area of Sheffield into a space "where people want to be" has been unveiled in the city.

The plans to revamp Tudor Square are now exhibited in the Winter Garden and show how the project would finally look after a series of makeovers.

So far part of the area has been re-paved and disabled access improved.

The plans now focus on improving the main square and councillors hope the project will be completed by late 2009.

Coun Ian Auckland, who is responsible for development in the city said: "The square is the cultural heart of the city and it is important that we can make improvements so that local people and visitors to Sheffield enjoy the space even more.

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"We are bidding for £4.1 million from Yorkshire Forward and if successful the improvements would be completed in time for the opening of the Crucible at Christmas 2009."

The proposed scheme aims to create a public space suitable for a city which hosts events such as the World Snooker Championships at the neighbouring Crucible Theatre and other dance, music and theatrical events.

City officials also want to remove most of the steps, raised areas and walls to create a "simpler, more accessible space" with a better defined café terrace.

The alder trees in the square are in poor condition and so very large semi-mature trees will be bought to replace them and provide an immediate visual impact.

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