Work has been completed on the Heritage Lottery funded project 1 West Street, in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
The shopfront replacements and refurbishments project stood as the largest in terms of value in the Swadlincote Townscape Initiative, which is part of a local authority scheme to rejuvenate the historic centre of Swadlincote.
The existing building was originally a shop on one of Swadlincote’s central shopping streets in its historic centre. The simple double door entrance which over many years been unloved and fallen into a sorry state, was once a large open vestibule with plinth advertising goods. Paint was peeling and crude advertisements dominated the building. All remnants of its original design were hidden. As an entrance to the street in a significant location, this did not scream ‘welcome’.
Following conservation guidelines, the frontage has been rearranged back to its former glory.
The green glazed brick stall risers, previously hidden behind advertisement boarding, are revealed and celebrated. The doorway is set back to form a vestibule similar to the original design, and the ironwork gate adds a touch of detail and importance to the entrance.
The beaded soffit creates an added detail of the frontage.
Tackling the glazing was the largest part of the works. The glazing and frames – which were metal on the first floor – were carefully removed, stripped and restored by a specialist conservator. The glass has characteristic refractive qualities, which catch the eyes of onlookers. They allow for light to flood the shop and for a generous amount of display space.