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This project is one of a few partly grant funded Schemes under the Berwick upon Tweed Historic Area Improvement Scheme (BHAIS) for a private client. The grant is funded by English Heritage, Northumberland County Council and the National Lottery. The aim of this grant is to bring redundant buildings back into reuse.

The property is located on Marygate, in Berwick upon Tweed, and is within a conservation area part of the town. This project consisted of two phases in a top down approach. The first phase was to carry out fabric repairs to the building and make it wind and water tight. The repairs consisted of re-slating areas of the roof including repairing rafter ends, carrying out repairs to rotten sarking boards, re-leading gutters and flat roof areas, window repairs, and stone repairs. These repairs were carried out using traditional materials and techniques.

The second phase of the works was to replace the modern aluminium shopfront. As repairs would have been required to the shopfront we were instructed to design a new shopfront in a traditional style. Here we carried out research into traditional shopfronts and investigated those within the town in order to create a contextual response appropriate to the area. The main basis for the design of the shopfront was an old archived photo. The aim was not to restore the shopfront to one particular period in history but rather incorporate features throughout its history.

Project Title: New Shopfront, 39 Marygate

Status: Built

Floor Area: N/A

Engineers: N/A

Contractors: Chris McCann

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