New design guide aims to help protect and enhance historic features that contribute to the character of downtowns

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The Newport and Ryde Commercial Facade Design Guide is a guide for tradespeople, building owners, designers, planners, consultants and anyone else involved in the maintenance of shops and other commercial buildings in the town centers of Ryde and Newport.

The design guide sets a new standard for commercial properties in our town centres, ensuring that the frontage of shops, pubs and other buildings enhances the conservation area.

It will help protect and enhance the historic elements that contribute to the character of our town centers, preserving our heritage for future generations.

Designed to be accessible and useful
He also looks to the future and advises on adapting buildings to new uses while ensuring that they still make a positive contribution to the street scene.

The guide is designed to be accessible to everyone while being useful to building design professionals.

Gibson: The regeneration of our main streets is crucial for their future
Martin Gibson, Newport High Street Heritage Action Area Project Manager, explained:

“The regeneration of our main streets in Newport and Ryde is crucial to their future and our new design guide will play a key role in helping to keep them vibrant and relevant.

“The design guide will help building owners and their advisors improve storefronts and other commercial facades, so they enhance the conservation area and create streets that look great.

“We want to make sure Newport is an attractive place that people want to visit, whether it’s shopping or meeting up with friends over coffee – and the design guide will help make the most of what Newport has to offer.”

Make shopping centers more attractive
Much has been said about the future of commercial streets and the importance of the appearance of our downtown streets to the future success of our cities.

The design guide shows how we can build on the history of our important shopping centers and make them attractive and relevant for future generations to enjoy.

Thompson: A master plan for how Ryde town center can be improved for future generations
Sally Thompson, Ryde High Street Heritage Action Zone Project Manager, explained what the design guide will mean for Ryde,

“The Design Guide is an important project for the Ryde High Street Heritage Action Area, as it is a blueprint for how Ryde town center can be improved so that future generations can benefit.

“By making shop fronts as attractive as possible, we can help keep our High Street vibrant and attract more independent shops. We want the High Street to be a place where people choose to hang out, not just walk in and leave.

The guide is easy to access, with top-notch general information and more technical advice for architects and craftsmen to follow.

We have an interactive web version or you can download the complete guide in PDF format.


News shared by Kate on behalf of Ryde High Street Heritage Action Zone. Ed

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