We have been appointed to develop a framework for regenerating the historic core of Shrewsbury, one of UK’s most significant heritage towns.
The ambition is to transform the heart of Shrewsbury and maximise the opportunities offered by heritage assets, unique river loop location and rich offer of independent retailers and restaurants.
Key to this will be developing proposals for new mixed-use quarters within the old town walls and a strategy for creating a network of pedestrian and cycle networks whilst at the same time reducing the harmful effects of vehicles in the historic core.
Within six months the project team will deliver a series of masterplans for key areas, unlocking the town’s future potential with a town centre which can meet future challenges of climate change and changing trends in how we live, work, shop and play.
Councillor Peter Nutting, leader of Shropshire Council, said: “The whole ethos of this project is that it is very much a partnership approach. The experts at Glenn Howells Architects will make recommendations based on many conversations with people here in Shrewsbury and extensive research they are already undertaking, but the Big Town Plan will be co-created by everyone involved. It will be fascinating to see how things develop during the coming months.”
Councillor Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, said: “This appointment signals the start of a busy period of work for the Big Town Plan, leading towards the publication of masterplans for six key areas of the town in the spring. I am really looking forward to being involved with such an exciting project to make Shrewsbury an even better place in which to live and work.”
Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID and member of the Big Town Plan partnership, said: “We are excited about working with such a highly-respected team of architects and town planners, who really impressed the partnership with their passion and enthusiasm for the Big Town Plan project. Their local connections will also be an important benefit, with some of their team living in Shrewsbury and therefore very familiar with the unique nature of our town.”