CRAVEN ARMS, SHROPSHIRE

Strengthening identity

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.

BACK

CLIENT
Advantage West Midlands

SCOPE
Urban design and development appraisal

Population
14,000

Site area
0.6 hectares (net)

Dwellings
16 one and two bedroom flats

Residential density
80 dph

Retail floor space
487 m² with 2 floors of offices and flats above

Density
Overall development density 7,600 m² / ha (net)

Cultural offer
New market square