CRAVEN ARMS, SHROPSHIRE
Creating value often requires strengthening identity. The heart of Craven Arms was once dominated by its auction yard. When it closed it left a large vacant site in a very visible location. As such, the derelict yard was the obvious priority when we began this regeneration study.
We planned an urban design framework that established a pattern of building frontages, public space and street linkages, and identifi ed new uses and activities to support the town.
The most significant of these were start-up work spaces and a headquarters building for South Shropshire Housing Association. Working closely with the Association and Advantage West Midlands, we prepared a detailed architectural design for development.
The outcome of this successful regeneration project was a new market square which repaired the gaps in both the physical and social fabric of Craven Arms.