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ERMC provided the regeneration proposal for the redevelopment of retail premises at nos. 32-36 High Street within the historic centre of Newport, Isle of Wight. This building occupies a key location in the oldest part of the town, with commercial frontages on both the High Street and the pedestrianised St Thomas Square. Enjoying high visibility within the urban landscape, the site is within short walking distance from the local landmarks of the Guildhall and St James Square, making it an ideal subject for developing new strategies for commercial and social regeneration as part of the HSHAZ (High Street Heritage Action Zone) for Newport.


This project seeks to positively contribute to the Newport Town Centre Conservation Area by presenting meaningful development proposals that both maximise the building’s potential as a functional element of the Newport landscape, and utilise a consistent methodology for regeneration that could be transferred and adapted to similar sites throughout the island’s historic commercial areas. Our proposals have been developed through a combination of site-specific research of the historical evolution of the building and its setting alongside our broader knowledge of commercial architectural heritage and the related design principles.

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