This is a sizeable Conservation Area stretching from King's Gate in the north, Anderson Drive in the west, Victoria Street in the east and Union Grove in the south.
The area was built to show the prosperity and wealth of the city and of those who had commissioned its buildings. It embraces the Victorian development of the city, providing good examples of planned streetscapes; formal gardens and residential developments. The area is characterised by wide tree lined streets, which follow a linear and grid pattern. The majority are accompanied by low granite front garden walls and back lanes that provide access to the rear of buildings. There is a mixture of public formal space and private informal space.
Alongside the distinctive semi-detached and detached villas, there are rows of simpler yet substantial terraced developments. To the north, south and west sit terraces; semi-detached and detached residential dwellings of granite and slate and sit back off linear streets. To the east there is a concentration of business, commercial and educational facilities which occupy substantial granite buildings close to the city centre. The area highlights an outstanding array of buildings, encompassing many styles, materials and building practices that are locally distinctive.