Best in Britain – Witton Street

Witton Street in Northwich has won the prestigious 2013 Street Design Award, organised by the Local Government News magazine to recognise best practice and innovation in street design.

The £750,000 Cheshire West and Chester Council scheme beat projects put forward from all over the country and won high praise from the judges.

The award for the work carried out between Venables Road and Northwich library was presented outside the library by the LGN editor Laura Sharman to Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities.

Phase two of the public realm works are due to begin in September, extending and replicating the improvements from the library to the Iceland store, and also St Paul’s courtyard opposite the Penny Black pub.

Councillor Riley said: “The ongoing work in Witton Street has been designed to bring a feeling of quality and history to Northwich’s main shopping street.  It typifies our approach to the wider transformation of Northwich and gives the community a town centre and life style they can enjoy and be proud of.”

CWaC Councillor and the Chair of the Northwich Independent Retailers Associations, Gaynor Sinar, added “We are encouraged by the LGN street design award which recognises how important these improvements are.  The Council is determined to carry on with the improvements to create a high class environment for shoppers and visitors to the traditional shopping area of Witton Street.

The first phase of the Witton Street improvements reintroduced a more traditional feel that enhances the town’s historic buildings using new street furniture and public art features.

The footway and pedestrianised area leading from the Meadow Street junction to Venables Road has been relaid with York stone and granite to echo the early 20th century paving patterns that once characterised the street scene.

Brunner Court was relaid with porphyry sets that add distinction and identify them as areas for events and relaxation.

New street furniture includes bollards in the shape of a salt pillar topped with an angular cap that echoes a salt crystal.

The public art has been designed by Katayoun Dowlatshahi, an Iranian-born British artist with extensive experience in this specialist area.