Sudbury is an attractive market town with many fine buildings including Gainsborough’s House and the Grade 1 former St. Peter’s Church dominating the marketplace.
The Hamilton Road Quarter is a slightly run-down area behind the town centre, with a small bus station at its centre as well as an important route to the railway station and local foodstores. We were appointed by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council, who have considerable land ownerships in the Quarter, to draw up options for its regeneration with particular emphasis on improving the evening economy for younger people.
The preferred option enhances an existing retail mall and grafts a small urban square on to its southern end. This will provide an anchor for a 5-screen cinema, food & drink outlets, small-scale shops and housing overlooking the mediaeval church tower. The quality of the public realm running through the Quarter is as important as the buildings which enclose it, and includes well-landscaped car parks and a fine old walled garden.