Our work - 22/07/2021

Buxton Future High Street Fund

We were instructed by High Peak Council to develop a deliverable, viable masterplan, and business case submission for the Future High Street Fund.

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The Challenge

  • High Peak Council were applying to the Government's Future High Street Fund (FHSF) programme, aimed at diversifying town centres for the 21st century. 
  • The bid was focussed on the Spring Gardens/ Springs Shopping Centre area within Buxton town centre. This is a traditional high street area and had recently experienced a rise in vacancies, as well as the closure of high profile stores. 
  • We were appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary team, including urban designers and transport consultants, to develop a deliverable, viable masterplan and prepare a Business Case for submission as part of the FHSF bid. 

Our Solution

  • We developed a materplan inclusive of the following key elements:
  1. a new route from the station to the high street;
  2. replacing surface car parking with basement parking to free up development space;
  3. a new public space which will accommodate new leisure, education, retail and restaurant uses;
  4. re-use of vacant upper floors. 
  • We engaged with local stakeholders such as the University of Derby, local civic groups, traders, and landowners to ensure widespread community consultation. 

The Results

  • We delivered a viable Business Case that met the FHSF criteria, alongside a deliverable masterplan. 
  • We were subsequently engaged to advise the council on partnering with a potential development partner. 


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