Blog: Archive June 2012

Crane Street Gateway Competition Finalists Exhibition

Crane Street, Chichester. Copyright: Simon Carey

Crane Street, Chichester. Copyright: Simon Carey

Whilst many of UK’s high streets have suffered in the past few years, Chichester has become one of the best performing historic centres in terms of visitor numbers and retail activity and we’re keen to maintain or even improve on this with a series of initiatives, the first of which is the Crane Street Gateway Project.

Following two years of discussions, the businesses in Crane Street have narrowed down all the issues they face and some possible solutions for them. The first is a way of identifying Crane Street and enticing people to come down and see what there is. We launched a competition for architectural firms to submit their ideas and we’re pleased to announce that three companies have been shortlisted to produce concept drawings for the scheme which aims to encourage footfall, remove the A Boards and let people know where Crane Street is from North Street. 

The second Crane Street project is the hanging sign initiative, whereby each business has a new hanging sign with matching brackets to support the gateway design.  The third project will tackle the lighting issues in the street, which provides us with some challenges, as the management of the lights is contracted out, but we will keep trying!  The last Crane Street project on the list will introduce a monthly specialist market to the street and further details will be unveiled.

£22,000 of BID levy money will be invested in these schemes and Crane Street businesses are working hard together to market and promote the street collectively.

The three shortlisted companies in the Crane Street Gateway competition are Adam Richards Architects, Colman Architects and Jo Calcutt, architect in Eastleigh.  Come and see the shortlisted submissions for yourself at the BID office on North Street between 18-22 June.


In these high winds can all businesses take in any A-Boards not heavy enough to stay up and take in tables and chairs.  We are already getting instances of chairs falling over and A-Boards blowing down the streets, causing concern.

Many thanks 

Jubilee Gala Shop Window Competition - winner announced!

Congratulations to Marlin Kitchens, winner of the Jubilee Gala Shop Window Competition

Congratulations to Marlin Kitchens, winner of the Jubilee Gala Shop Window Competition

The overall winner of the Jubilee Gala shop window competition was Marlin Kitchens in Crane Street with a fabulous street party themed window and certificates of Commendation were given to Stephen Lawrence Ladieswear in St Martins and Buzby and Blue on The Hornet for their excellent windows.

Although over 30 shops took part in the competition, many more shops in and around Chichester dressed their windows just to be a part of the Jubilee weekend celebrations, so you all did Chichester proud! Well done!

As Kim Long, City Centre manager says, “Congratulation to the winners who made such an effort in dressing their windows and contributed to the fantastic Jubilee atmosphere in the City. Visitors certainly had plenty to see and do over the weekend!”

The entrants included:

Stephen Lawrence Ladieswear
Old Guys Rule
Q Hair and Beauty
Cath Kidston
Buzby & Blue
Whitbys Photo Video Ltd
Phase Eight
Hotel Chocolat Retail Ltd
Gems Antiques
Peter Hancock Antiques
Cred Jewellery
Present Days
R L Austen
Oil and Vinegar
Cancer Research
Creations Hair Salon
Rachel George
Wild Rose Florist
Guilt Lingerie
C & H Fabrics
Marlin Kitchens
Number 40
Rococo Florist


The bright colours of Chichester's Garden Market

The bright colours of Chichester's Garden Market

Organised jointly by Partnership Woodland Crafts and Chichester City Centre Partnership, Chichester Garden Market enjoyed perfect gardening weather for all three days over the weekend.  With record breaking visitor footfall into the City Centre the event was considered a great success, with Saturday seeing nearly 4,000 more people than the same day last year and Sunday seeing over 2,000 more people. 

As City Centre Manager, Kim Long says: “We are so pleased with these figures! This was the first Saturday since Christmas that we’ve had more than 60,000 people in Chichester. It’s our goal to continue to increase the number of people coming into and spending money in Chichester and these figures show we’re doing something right!”

Chichester City Centre Partnership is keen to continue supporting City Centre events which clearly bring visitors into Chichester; not just to enjoy the event or market taking place, but to enjoy all that Chichester has to offer, from our shops to our restaurants and attractions. 

The weekend prior to the garden market saw over 110,000 people in the City centre, compared with the garden market weekend, which saw nearly 130,000.

And we’re in!

Although the smell of paint is still fresh, we're well ensconced in our new City centre office at 82 North Street.  Word of our arrival travels fast and we've already had a few ad hoc visits from businesses and members of the public.

We're waiting for our signage to go up, which will confirm any rumours, but our door is open and we're already on the way to delivering the Business Improvement District business plan for our fair City.  Keep in touch with this website to find out what events and projects we're working on.

The website will be changing over the next few weeks as we update it and move some of the content around, but everything you need will be here.

See you soon!