Managing retail development in historic towns

Since the early 1990s EHTF has produced a series of guidance documents relating to good practice in retail development. The topic continues to be one of significance to our Members and following the publication of 'Retail Development on Historic Areas' in partnership with English Heritage in December 2005, a workshop was held, bringing together key practitioners, in order to explore further guidance which might help Members and others in their decision making.

To bring together this expertise and to look in detail at a case study, a conference will take place in Bristol on 8 June.

The Broadmead redevelopment scheme is part of the five year City-wide strategy and area action plan in an area vital to the reconnection of neighbourhoods to the east back to the centre. The Bristol Alliance (a partnership between Land Securities plc and Hammerson) and Bristol City Council can offer detailed information about the scheme as well as a bird's eye view from the 16 floor marketing suite in the adjacent Castlemead building.

Many of the City's recent enhancement schemes, including the harbourside development, the Legible City initiative, Millennium Square, Temple Quay and the spectacular Valentine and Pero's bridges will be of interest to practitioners looking for examples of contemporary design in a historic context.

Its retail offer is a significant part of Bristol's attraction to residents, businesses and visitors and the diversity of this offer has been a major consideration during the redevelopment of Broadmead and the surrounding area.