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New Life for Town Centres: Unique Places for Regeneration

24th June 2010

IWA Gwent Branch conference.

Caerphilly CBC Offices, Ystrad Mynach.

Welsh townscapes are unique assets which repay constant attention and investment. The evolving story of a community is told through a town centre’s architecture, public art and its landmarks. Together their celebrate achievement and represent community’s cultural heritage, not just to itself but to the wider world. Collectively Wales’s town centres are part of the image of the country. Town centres are also nodal points for economic regeneration, often in competition new retail parks located on the edge of towns. Town centres need to play to their competitive advantage of providing a unique public realm, a combination of economic and cultural facilities within walking distance of most of their inhabitants.

This conference examines the Welsh Government’s emerging town centre regeneration policy. This involves developing a combination of retail, commercial and heritage attractions, set within a renewed infrastructure that emphasises architectural distinctiveness and the role of heritage in modernising Wales’s town centre inheritance. Case studies foreground the townscape renewal projects and the continuing importance of town centre management.

Keynote speakers: Carole-Anne Davies, Chief Executive, Design Commission for Wales; Jocelyn Davies AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Welsh Government; Roger Tanner, Strategic Planning and Urban Renewal Manager, Caerphilly CBC; Alun Ffred Jones AM, Minister for Heritage; Judith Alfrey, inspector of Historic Buildings, CADW; Simon Quinn, Chief Executive, Association of Town Management; Andrew Highway, Town Centre Development Manager, Caerphilly CBC

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