High Street Heritage Action Zone: Stonewell
HPA was commissioned for the restoration of the traditional shopfront, replacement windows and external repairs for 1 Stonewell, which lies within the Lancaster Conservation area and is part of the Lancaster High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ). Working closely with both the applicant and the HAZ Team, HPA developed a scheme which aims to enhance 1 Stonewell as a non-designated heritage asset to the wider conservation area.
Having previously worked on numerous Listed Buildings in the area, HPA has a wealth of experience in developing buildings with respect to the special character of the conservation area, strengthening references to historic building character.
Stonewell was one of the earliest areas of Lancaster, and likely marked the eastern extent of the roman settlement. The street patterns in this area have remained similar since this time, and the area now known as Stonewell can be seen evidenced on Speeds 1910 map, named as St Mary’s Well. A building can be seen in this position on maps dating from 1778. The existing building is thought to date from the 1870 or 1880s.
The proposals sought to replace the UPVC shopfront and reinstate the traditional timber shopfront from the early 19th Century, and the decorative timber cornice. The proposal also sought to reinstate the timber sliding sash windows and lead dormers, as well as replacing the roof.
These alterations are informed by historical research, and careful consideration of the historic form and fabric, ensuring the scheme compliments the local vernacular. Wherever possible, the original historic fabric is retained and protected, and the signage has been improved to be more in keeping with the historic environment.
Both National and Local planning policy has been carefully considered throughout this scheme and our in-house Heritage Assessor, Jess Barrow, carried out a Heritage assessment to ensure that the delivery of the scheme will uplift the architectural quality of the area.
Images courtesy of Lancaster City Museums & Lancashire Red Rose Collections