We were appointed by Bassetlaw District Council to envisage and develop proposals for a group of 18th and early 19th century Grade-II Listed buildings in Worksop town centre Conservation area.
The high street was suffering from lack of investment and popular commercial chains moving out of the town centre. The council saw the potential of the project to revitalise the high street through direct investment in this group of properties.
We were also responsible for developing outline feasibility proposals for a 0.5ha rear area of the site where we proposed to introduce new mews housing which would complement the commercial uses in this sustainable, town-centre location.
- In collaboration with market appraisal specialists Atam Verdi we tested potential uses of the existing buildings and the rear site area.
- We worked closely with the Council and Conservation Officer, developing a thorough understanding of the existing Heritage Impact Assessment which enabled us to propose a sensitive scheme of strategic interventions which would connect the range of existing buildings to provide a new enterprise centre.
- The historic urban grain of the long, narrow burgage plots was proposed to be uncovered and routes re-opened to create new alley frontages, connecting the high street to a new residential area at the rear.