A Bond Bryan-designed masterplan for Elland Town Centre has been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s “Future High Streets Fund”. The scheme was developed with our client, Calderdale Council, with a team consisting of Turner and Townsend, Caledonian Economics and Aspinall Verdi.
The scheme proposes a series of interventions that will regenerate the high street and increase visitor numbers through pedestrianisation of roads, improving landscape and public realm, restoring old buildings for community use, workspace, multi-purpose event spaces, heritage trails and identified sites for future regeneration.
A key highlight from the project was leading a community and stakeholder engagement programme – remotely during the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic in April 2020 – which reached an audience of several hundred thousand.
Over 72 areas have been successful in funding – with bidding from over 100 Local Authorities. Now that funding has been allocated, we look forward to delivering the projects in the next stage.
Tomasz Romaniewicz commented,
“Supporting Local Authorities with Town Centre regeneration and masterplanning is increasingly becoming a key specialist sector for Bond Bryan. Our industry-leading, interdisciplinary approach to placemaking and stakeholder engagement – balanced with a commercial understanding around the viability challenges many town centres face – is extremely well-suited to these projects. We are absolutely thrilled to have supported our client, Calderdale Council, in achieving this key milestone”
Very much like the Towns Funds, the Future High Street fund is a not a final destination but an enabler for future investment. Bond Bryan are excited to be in discussions with several Local Authorities across the UK and in supporting them with town centre regeneration schemes, with a special focus on transforming brownfield land through a unique public-private collaboration model that will enable the viable development of several town centres.