Following the successful ballot in October 2011 to form a Business Improvement District (BID) in the City Centre, the Chichester City Centre Partnership CIC, have the mandate from the business community to develop a number of initiatives that support the local business trading environment.
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. The Partnership recognises the importance of both national chain stores and local independent businesses in making Chichester a place people want to visit. To ensure this continues, we want to emphasise the diversity of our independent retail sector many of which are in the secondary streets by developing a scheme or number of schemes that enhance these trading areas.
To that end we are pleased to announce one of the first such initiatives, that is concerned with supporting independent retailers located in the secondary streets namely Crane Street (2012 implementation), St Martins (2013), Little London and Baffins Lane (2014), Cooper Street (2015), and the Hornet, St Pancras and Market Road (north end) (implementation 2015 / 2016).
The first street to consider is Crane Street, and so we are inviting Professional Designers, Artists, Architects and Landscapers to take part in a design competition to propose a scheme or idea that will ensure the secondary streets form part of a visitors journey around our City.
We are looking for inventive ideas that can be implemented in isolation but can be a theme if appropriate, for the following streets and will make a positive contribution to the local environment and support those individual businesses in each road.
There is no prescribed expectation and so the brief is quite open, suffice to say that an idea needs to be feasible and respect the local context. There is a budget of £20,000 for implementation but this could be added to with grant funding, lottery funding and / or sponsorship if the winning design requires more funding.
There will be a simple selection process, starting with an Expression of Interest, followed by a CV/portfolio submission from which a short list of three will be drawn up to receive an honorarium of £500.00 to submit full concept drawings. The winning entry will then be commissioned to develop and implement the scheme or idea.
If you are interested, then please register for the full brief by calling 01243 534677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest.
Chichester City Centre Partnership
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