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Details and Good Practice in Shopfront Design

Book of Details & Good Practice in Shopfront Design


Report 23

This booklet is still relevant to today's conservationists, developers and retailers concerned with maintaining quality in the town centre environment.

The enormous interest shown in the document Shopfronts and Advertisements in Historic Towns, from developers, retailers, conservationists and the media convinced the Forum of the benefit of producing a further good practice guide giving more detailed technical guidance. 

It is not intended that the Book of Details and Good Practice in Shopfront Design  should be followed slavishly in all circumstances, nor is it intended to be a definitive document.  It should be studied in conjunction with local traditions and be seen as a context for local authorities' statements of guidance.

The document is intended to act as a forum for discussion and co-operation between local authorities and retailers, with the ultimate aim of improving the environmental quality of traditional shopping centres.

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Traffic in Historic Town Centres

Traffic in Historic Town Centres

Report 30

 

Where pedestrians and cars have to share streets in busy town centres, not only should the number of vehicles be reduced to the minimum, but pedestrians should also have priority over vehicles.  New ways should be found to reduce the speed of vehicles, to walking pace where necessary, and to reduce the need for physical traffic measures and signs.

This report considers working practices in this country and on the continent.  It highlights a need for government departments to work more closely together and identifies some areas where changes would assist in achieving both conservation and traffic objectives.

Although some aspects of this document are now out of date, it remains helpful to reflect on the historical perspective in seeking to move forward.

Manual for Historic Streets published in 2008 reflects further on the changes advocated in this document.

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Archaeology in Historic Towns

Archaeology in Historic Towns

Report 51
 

This guidance paper is aimed at those individuals who need to take account of archaeological issues in their day to day work, but who are not archaeologists and who have not had any archaeological training. This hands-on guide:

  • sets out the background to archaeology in historic towns
  • looks at the guidance and legislation relating to archaeological deposits and monuments
  • deals with archaeology in development plans
  • describes the methodologies for dealing with archaeological issues on sites affected by development plans, and
  • provides pointers to sources of archaeological advice.

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Focus on Public Realm

Focus on the Public Realm

Report 52

The spaces between buildings - the Public Realm - have come under increasing scrutiny recently. The important contribution to economic development, regeneration, tourism and other aspects of the overall vitality of our towns and cities cannot be under-estimated.

The Forum has expressed concern about the quality of the public realm since it was formed in 1987 and a number of publications have addressed various aspects of it. At the 2002 Annual Conference we pledged to make it the main focus of our work in 2003, and this has been the theme running through the events and publications since then.

This publication identifies the issues surrounding management of the public realm in our historic towns and cities, looking at the problems and highlighting examples of good practice. It is clear that acheiving both quality and local distinctiveness in the historic built environment is vital to the success of historic towns, and the spaces between the buildings are of equal importance. The Forum believes that there is a need for greater co-ordination of the management of our public spaces and that the time has come for all stakeholders to work in partnership to ensure quality and local distinctiveness.

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Building Confidence in Design

Building Confidence in High Quality Design CD Rom
Report 55
 

This CD is intended to help people involved in the planning process to achieve better outcomes in terms of architecture and uban design. It summarises and draws lessons from a series of seminars held in the north west of England during spring 2004.

The conclusions we drew from the series provide practical ways to avoid mistakes. Among others they stress:

  • Looking at the broad economic, social and physical context when planning a project
  • Using a formal design or planning brief for important sites, including an inventory of what is of townscape or architectural value
  • Setting a standard for design quality and sticking to it, both for buildings and for urban design
  • Allowing time for design, not rushing into things
  • Undertaking thorough pre-application discussions between applicants and local planning authorities
  • Appraising planning applications rigorously, using check-lists such as those in Building in Context and By Design
  • Refusing applications that don't come up to scratch from an architectural or design point of view.

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Investing in Heritage

Investing In Heritage

Report 56
 

This is a brief account of the experience of a small town's success in attracting funding and the delivery of projects on the ground.

For centuries, Buxton has been a spa town popular with visitors from around the world. The town's popularity declined throughout the 20th century, so much so that its local economy became unable to sustain the costs of maintaining its own infrastructure and architectural heritage. Buxton's fortunes have since turned around and it is now being transformed as a result of a heritage-led regeneration programme that is expected to bring a total investment of over £50 million into the town.

By outlining the major projects as well as setting them in Buxton's still fragile local economy, this publication aims to draw some useful lessons and points of practice that may have a more general application for those local authorities elsewhere faced with the seemingly insurmountable decline of a small market town.

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Focus on Tourism

Focus on Tourism

Report 58

 

 

 

 

 

Focus on Tourism sets out the Forum's vision for tourism in historic towns based on reconciling the sometimes competing demands of residents, environment, business and visitors. The document considers the challenges for historic towns, the visitor experience, the roles of stakeholders and sets out six key principles:

  • integration
  • customer focus
  • positive management
  • valuing diversity
  • taking a long term view and care for the historic environment.

It explains how tourism can be integrated into sustainable communities that are safe, thriving, well managed, well serviced and environmentally aware. A score of practical examples illustrate success in tackling these issues.

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Focus on Housing Growth - Case Study: Ely

Focus on Housing Growth, Case Study - Ely

Report 59
 

This publication follows on from the EHTF conference held in Ely in December 2004 'Focus on Managing Rapid Growth in Historic Towns'. It shares some of the work that has been done in Ely to accommodate rapid growth, so that those facing similar problems may benefit from the experience.

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Focus on Retail

Focus on Retail

Report 60

Retail activity is a key feature of all historic towns and cities and has a critical influence on the environment and the quality of life these places offer - for many people living in or visiting our towns and cities shopping is both a leisure activity and a necessity. Retailing is also a very dynamic area of activity subject to continually evolving customer demands, financial pressures and policy frameworks. Focus on Retail provides both theoretical and practical background and advice to promote good practice in retail planning and development that will enhance historic places. It is aimed principally at the local authority members of the Forum, both members and officers. It aims to be relevant to the needs of land use and transport planners, conservation officers and town centre managers. It can assist in setting the evidence base for development plan policies and support negotiations with developers. It will help to give local authorities the confidence to make difficult decisions in the face of internal and external pressures. The Forum hopes that the guidance will be relevant also to the needs of developers, retailers architects and urban designers.

In a departure from other Forum Focus on... documents, Focus on Retail comprises articles written by specialists and experts in the field - the views expressed are their own. Taken together the contributions aim to set out a vision for retailing in historic towns and represent an integrated apporach to reconciling the sometimes competing demands that manifest themselves in our town centres and on our high streets. The Forum hopes that this Focus will help to ensure that retailing develops in an increasingly sustainable way for the benefit of all.

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Manual for Historic Streets

Manual for Historic Streets

Report 61

This document brings together a collection of articles by experts in both the theory and practice of good streetscape management. National policies and guidelines, the purpose and economic benefits of the public realm, and the risk debate are explored in Part 1.
Part 2 looks at achieving high quality in the various elements which make up the streets - from paving and street furniture to lighting and public art.

The document concludes with Key Principles and an extensive reference list.

Format: Due to high demand this document is now only available to purchase as a pdf on CD.

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