FROM tomorrow, Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth will close for 12 weeks as BCP Council looks to transform the Lansdowne area.

But what will happen in the forthcoming weeks and how will the area change?

The road will close on Monday between the Lansdowne Roundabout and Station Roundabout to all vehicles.

A diversion will be in place via St Swithun’s Road and Christchurch Road.

This closure will allow the council to begin its long-term transformational vision for the area.

The £7.7million project will see a new events space, segregated cycleway and arts installations and seating areas segregated along Holdenhurst Road.

BCP Council portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Philip Broadhead, said the work had to be done due to concerns about congestion on nearby roads and due to a need to meet the deadline set by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

It had required work be implemented by March as a condition for it providing £4.8 million towards the £7.7 million project.

This particular closure is the first stage of this long-term plan and will see the introduction of the new artwork.

Cllr Broadhead said: “I am delighted to announce that our Lansdowne transformation plans will soon be getting underway.

“This will see major improvements to the public realm with the introduction of a vibrant event space, captivating public art and welcoming outdoor areas that will encourage more people to visit and stay in the area longer.”

The new outdoor event space will be situated outside the Old Fire Station and will be columned art installations.

It will provide lighting and sound for the area and be placed alongside new outdoor street furniture.

About the artwork, Cllr Broadhead said: “The new, bold space around the Old Fire Station will invite people to stay in the area longer, meet friends and spend time with colleagues.

“We already have a dynamic and unique community in this area, and this new public square will help in encouraging people back into local businesses and becoming a springboard for future investments.

“This is just the first phase for delivering our transformational vision for Lansdowne, quite literally watch this space.”