Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership wishes to appoint a skilled and experienced consultant to lead a project focussed on the regeneration of Castle Street (see map here) – a key gateway and character area of Shrewsbury town centre.
Castle Street runs from the train station into the heart of the town centre and is home to businesses, residential dwellings and two of the town’s most significant historic assets – Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Library (Grade 1 Listed former Shrewsbury School Building) – both owned by Shropshire Council.
However the street suffers from vacant units (including upper floors), a lack of identity and coherence, and despite relatively high footfall is economically underperforming. This project builds on from the substantial work to date on the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan and in particular relates to the themes of ‘Creating Enterprise’ and ‘Supporting Vitality, Life & Mix’.
The appointed consultant will work closely with the Big Town Plan Team, engaging with relevant land owners, occupiers, partners and stakeholders to co-create a vision and development framework for Castle Street. The development framework will include soft-market tested and deliverable development proposals including the re-purposing and re-configuration of existing buildings, as well as small scale and temporary interventions that could be delivered now to improve the public realm and experience.
The project will require a mix of disciplines and expertise including visioning, historic buildings, stakeholder engagement, urban design, soft market testing, and viability appraisals.
All submissions are to made by email by 11pm 26th July 2019.