Keynsham Conservation Area: Shop Front and Façade Study
Design and Conservation Guidance
Keynsham Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan were completed and formally adopted by the Council in February 2016. The Management Plan identified and proposed enhancements to improve the public realm and one of those was shopfront and front façade improvement and enhancement in the commercial area in the centre of Keynsham: High Street and Temple Street. As part of other overarching, strategic Council proposed public realm enhancements to the centre of Keynsham this was identified as being a complementary piece of work.
The Historic England, Keynsham Town Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council jointed funded project entailed a detailed condition survey and audit of over 60 historic buildings located in High Street and Temple Street. The survey comprised:
• Historic Development: detailing each building’s changes over time, augmented by archive photographs
• Designation: identifying its status i.e. designated or undesignated and where it is located in the Conservation Area
• Integrity and Condition: an assessment of the condition of the building including the shopfront, signage, windows etc
• Actions: essential works for enhancement and improvement
The Actions element of the survey is seen as critical to this piece of work and typically these include replacement of plastic windows with appropriately detailed timber windows, removal of redundant services including wiring or more discreetly located, faithful reinstatement of lost architectural features and detailing, use of more appropriate paint colours, removal and replacement of inappropriate modern signage with traditional signage and, in some cases, the entire replacement of appropriately detailed, traditional shopfronts.
The survey is accompanied by over-arching, general design and conservation guidance that includes advice on appropriate paint colours, signage and design approach to the adaption or replacement of shopfronts.
This work has been designed as a three-part process with each subsequent stage informing the other:
1. Survey and guidance
2. Detailed design
Key to the success of this project has and will continue to be collaborative involvement between the Council, Historic England and the community including the Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, amenity groups, landlords and retailers.
It is also worth noting that the survey and guidance are useful as a development management tool when assessing development in this part of Keynsham.
The methodology and approach to producing the survey and guidance are seen as being original and pioneering and not only can this be replicated in other towns in Bath and North East Somerset but Historic England will also seek to promote and encourage other local authorities around the country to adopt the same approach.
Keynsham Shopfront Survey Sheets
Last updated: 20 February 2018