Waltham Forest has developed an adventurous and comprehensive regeneration programme across High Streets in the Borough. This programme looked to address the public realm and physical appearance of these areas through shop front improvements, art commissions, planting and paving interventions. A holistic approach also sought to bring together businesses, the local community and officers from across the Council to address other issues affecting these areas from marketing to addressing empty shops.
The Council sought high impact opportunities and methods of making the available funding for the Highams Park area stretch as far as possible. The project aim is to regenerate the district centre, to increase opportunities for local businesses, improve the offer for visitors and residents and develop a case for public and private investment. Part of this opportunity study involved the development of a ‘keep list’ of distinctive architectural assets.