December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Revamped plans that take on board Norwich’s rich textile heritage have been submitted for the Back of the Inns entrance to the Castle Mall shopping centre.
The plans feature a new patterned aluminium façade to the building which will cover and extend beyond the existing structure and will be internally illuminated. This new design is reflective and will change in response to the weather.
As well as changing the frontage, the entrance height at street level will be raised and the steps removed to make the entrance more accessible.
Paul McCarthy, the mall’s centre manager, said: “This is a very important entrance to the centre and we have to make it as open as possible.
“We took on board the opinions voiced at the previous planning meeting. As such, we have appointed a new design team to look at ways to enhance this main entrance, having regard to both its setting in Norwich, but also the need to improve and provide a more contemporary image for the centre.
“This scheme – which is inspired by Norwich’s rich heritage in the textile industry – does just that, looking back to our past but also forward to our future.” The newly submitted plans will soon be on display at the information desk on level 2, where shoppers will be able to share their views with the centre management team. The new scheme has been designed by Stanley Bragg Architects, in conjunction with Feilden and Mawson Heritage Architects.
Caroline Williams, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “As the chamber pointed out in August, there are real reasons to be positive about the growth prospects for our region. Capital investment in improved facilities is a good example of this, as it not only helps retain the 850 jobs currently at the mall, but hopefully will be the prelude for more to follow as new retailers are attracted to the improved centre.”
Stefan Gurney, executive director of the Norwich BID, said the investment would improve the street scene and add to the city’s vibrancy.
He added: “Improving accessibility with the removal of the entrance steps, the raised roof and improved lighting will provide an inviting and warm frontage to welcome shoppers and visitors alike.”