Design & architecture
Like most English towns, Wellington has grown and changed over several centuries. We want new development to be sensitive to that local context – to the materials of the buildings it will sit amongst, and to the contours of the streetscape of which it will be a part. Good design doesn’t need to cost any more than bad design, yet too often we’ve ended up with poorly designed buildings and public spaces that damage rather than enhance their surroundings. We’re determined that from now on, everything built in Wellington enhances the character and distinctiveness of the town, rather than undermining it.
Back in 2008, external consultants put together a strategic development plan for Wellington Town Partnership. It’s a great document, and sets up clear and sensitive principles for development within the centre of Wellington. It’s the most creative and professional design document I’ve ever seen about Wellington. Strange, then, that it’s never been formally adopted by the town or borough councils, as far as I know – and presumably some councillors don’t even know it exists. Anyone interested in enhancing the quality of development in Wellington should take a look.
For more about design and architecture, read these blog posts:
- A 21st century project for a 14th century building?
- Designing Wellington: making every brick count
- Fruit & veg versus health and safety
- Vital signs: what your shop front says about you!
- Operation Paint the Town: putting some colour into Wellington’s cheeks
- You know you’re in Wellington when…
- Subdivide and conquer? An uninspiring future for Edgbaston House?
- Time to bring village life back into town?
- Shaping Places: a chance for Telford the teenager to do some growing up
- 2023: the rise of the ‘home town’?
- 2014: the year when Wellington goes west?
- Containers to contain us? More from Mythstories