Peterborough’s rich rail and wildlife heritages are celebrated in the names selected for buildings and roads on the Fletton Quays development.
The new office accommodation for Peterborough City Council, previously revealed as Sand Martin House, will sit on Bittern Way. The city council will be the anchor tenant at the new offices due to open in summer 2018.
Additionally, The Mill, which will be an arts and culture hub, will be on Mayflower Close. The building is a conversion of the 19th century Whitworth Mill building and will provide a new home for Metal Peterborough.
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “Peterborough has a fantastic history and natural environment and Fletton Quays will celebrate this with names to reflect the city’s heritage.
“With the Fletton Quays site situated close to one of Peterborough’s core railway lines it was a natural decision to name roads after famous engines and locomotives.
“Fletton Quays will also have a dedicated wildlife area and nature is also prominent in the naming of the office building with sand martins being a fondly held visitor to Peterborough.”
Peterborough was transformed from a market town to an industrial centre when the Great Northern Railway line from London to York opened in the mid-19th century (now referred to as part of the East Coast Main Line).
A4 class No. 4464 Bittern is the name of a famed steam locomotive which ran on the East Coast Main Line through Peterborough in the mid-20th century. The B1 class engine, one of which was named Mayflower is a type that could frequently be seen passing through the city in post war years.
Connected to Peterborough’s wildlife, bitterns can be spotted year round and sand martins are welcome summer visitors to Peterborough and complement the city’s diverse birdlife.
Two other names to be chosen are Merlin Drive, leading from East Station Road, and Nene Promenade will pass alongside the river’s edge from London Road. Merlin was also the name for one of the class of A4 streamlined locomotives.
The Fletton Quays development has been spearheaded by the Peterborough Investment Partnership of which the city council is a joint partner
Plans for Fletton Quays also include a hotel, more than 350 high-quality apartments, and restaurant, leisure and retail opportunities.