WORCESTER'S £20 million Cathedral Square will become a centre of national attention this May - with investors lining up to take a peek.

A trade body representing the retail industry has been so impressed with the overhaul that it is organising a 'study tour' of the site.

The event, organised by Revo, is yet another shot-in-the-arm for the landmark development, where work is continuing at a rapid pace.

During the Revo tour, property agents representing the industry will be able to see how the transformation is being pieced together.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, the leader of Worcester City Council, said: "Cathedral Square will redefine the southern part of Worcester High Street when it opens in the summer - the fact that Revo is inviting experts from across the UK to see what has been achieved here is a ringing endorsement of this innovative scheme.

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"The new Cathedral Square development is a great example of what we want to achieve."

From next month investors at the Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund will hand over the units to a host of restaurants and other retailers, so the new-looked units can be fitted out.

Asian restaurants Yo! Sushi and Kung Fu will join Ask, All Bar One, Byron Hamburgers, Cosy Club and Miller & Carter steakhouse as the seven eateries signed up to the scheme, in snazzy new units overlooking Worcester Cathedral.

Gym chain Fitness4less, Wilko and H&M are also signed up and will open for business during the late spring or summer.

A big re-cladding effort is steadily giving the old plaza a completely new look and feel, making it virtually unrecognisable to before.

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The iconic development will also feature a new continental-style piazza, which will be created by Worcestershire County Council over the coming months.

Revo, formerly the British Council of Shopping Centres, is holding its Worcester event on Thursday, May 18.

Councillor Gregson added: "We’ve set out a commitment to boosting Worcester’s attractiveness to business, by working to ensure ours is a city where private investment is increasing, and public investment is used effectively in a joined-up way."