Plans have been put forward to slow traffic and increase CCTV on Southampton Street.
Southampton City Council has revealed plans for Carlton Place and Bedford Place in collaboration with businesses and local residents.
A package of transport and public sector improvements has been drawn up and includes traffic slowing, CCTV and more lighting.
It aims to “enhance its unique role as a boutique leisure and shopping destination”, the council said.
Carlton Place is now permanently pedestrianized and plans include specific areas for hospitality providers to use for outdoor tables and seating.
It will be enhanced with an open space between the junction of Carlton Place and Lower Bannister Street.
The open space is suitable for pop-up events or markets, with a flat surface throughout to make the area accessible to all, upgraded CCTV and lighting to improve night-time visibility.
The proposed measures at Bedford Place aim to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety.
The design uses a curved ‘buildout’ on Bedford Place at the junction with Carlton Place.
The buildout, or extended pavement area, has a level surface and provides an accessible public area with greenery and seating.
The buildout will slow down traffic as it narrows the carriageway and provides an informal ‘give way’.
It also reinforces the wider 20mph speed limit planned for the polygon area.
The temporary hospitality area at Bedford Place will be replaced by a permanent buildout with more greenery. Designated areas for disabled loading and parking are provided along Bedford Place.
The council is holding a public consultation, which is open until October 23. Caroline French, managing director of local business WJ French & Son, said: “The plans are very exciting and will transform the area into a real ‘destination’.
“Bedford Place is a unique area that combines modern buildings like no other in Southampton.
“The Carlton Place scheme will create an opportunity to hold regular community events and markets.”
Stephen Mannion, Executive Director of GO! Southampton, added: “The new improvements will provide safe and relaxing public spaces with an attractive plaza, outdoor seating and improved lighting for people to enjoy a wider selection of independent bars, restaurants, shops and clubs during the day and evening.”