Stevenage town centre re-defines itself in multi-million regeneration scheme

New streets and a modern Town Square are at the centre of a £350 million regeneration scheme for Stevenage, which in the 1950s became the first new town (of a projected eight) created to re-house 'bombed-out' Londoners.

The market town's population went from 6,000 to 60,000, despite local objections, over the space of a decade and strong transport links meant new industries, like English Electric, set up factories so there was no shortage of jobs.

Now Stevenage Borough Council and Mace have announced the signing of a major new agreement to work in partnership on the long-term transformation of the town centre.

Known as SG1, the agreement builds on a vision for regeneration developed by the Council over several years and seeks to create a whole new quarter of five distinct character areas on the western side of the town centre.<