Bury Street Abingdon, UK
This town centre regeneration scheme transformed the existing Bury Street centre with new retail frontages and public realm leading to the Grade I listed market hall, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Corstorphine & Wright’s proposals sought to create a renewed Town Centre environment, a place and a focus for the surrounding area, The vision was for a place for people to meet, shop and eat. It would reinforce the importance of a community and create a focus for local residents.
The strategy for this was to promote a quality retail environment where the lifestyle of the people of Abingdon could be improved by creating high quality retail space linked with quality public realm, a meeting place where people want to be.
Corstorphine & Wright undertook a number of design studies and in consultation with occupiers and local stakeholders. Planning permission for the demolition of 5 existing retail units and the erection of two new 2 storey retail units, removal of pedestrian mall canopies, proposed new facades with pitched roofs was granted on 22 December 2012. McLaren construction commenced work in April 2012 and the majority of the refurbishment works were completed by early December 2013 allowing the retailers a relatively free Christmas trade period.
As part of the £3.6 million refurbishment two new large retail units were constructed in order to provide modern flexible clear open accommodation for fashion retailers.