Transforming Tindal Square: Public Realm Improvements

Closed 16 Jul 2019

Opened 4 Jun 2019


Tindal Square is of significant historic importance to both Chelmsford’s past and future.  A square has existed here from as early as 1199 and has been the forefront to one of the city’s finest historic Georgian buildings, Shire Hall, since 1791.  The area has been of immense civic, social, legal, and architectural importance to Chelmsford society for centuries and is named after one of the area’s most celebrated sons, Judge Tindal.

Sitting at the historic heart of the city centre, Tindal Square is an integral meeting point of five streets and lies at the top of the High Street.  This scheme will seek to transform Tindal Square by removing the road and creating a prioritised pedestrian space, whilst also maintaining an uninterrupted east-west cycle link. 

An important new city centre will improve the public space in front of Shire Hall, enhance the identity of the area and make it easier for pedestrians to use and enjoy Tindal Square, connecting Shire Hall to the High Street once again.

Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council are working collaboratively to deliver public realm and highways improvements which offer a large benefit to the residents, visitors and the local economy.

As part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package, this scheme offers an opportunity to create a new and improved public space within the city centre, whilst formalising the servicing of the High Street market, shops and businesses, as well as maintaining an uninterrupted east-west cycle link through the heart of the city.

What happens next

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  • Public drop-in session 1

    From 8 Jun 2019 at 10:00 to 8 Jun 2019 at 14:00

    A public drop-in session will be held at the High Chelmer Shopping Centre (outside Blue Inc) on Saturday 8 June, 10:00 - 14:00.

  • Public drop-in session 2

    From 14 Jun 2019 at 15:00 to 14 Jun 2019 at 19:00

    A public drop-in session will be held at the High Chelmer Shopping centre (Central Square) on Friday 14 June, 15:00 - 19:00.


  • Chelmsford


  • All residents


  • Community development
  • Transport planning