Key insights from our ‘Shop Front Design Guide’ session


In a bid to celebrate and preserve the historic charm of Carmarthenshire's towns, we recently conducted an insightful session introducing our Shop Front Design Guide. Recognising the positive impact of historic shop fronts, the guide aims to support the improvement, alteration, replacement, and restoration of these architectural gems. The overarching goal is to not only honour the region's rich heritage, but also to encourage shoppers back into our vibrant town centres.

At the heart of this initiative is a commitment to celebrate the historic elements ingrained in Carmarthenshire's shopfronts. The guide serves as a comprehensive manual, offering guidance on undertaking repairs and maintenance to ensure the longevity of these iconic features.

The introductory session was presented to Carmarthen’s Chamber of Commerce, an organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the economic growth and prosperity of businesses in the Carmarthen area, fostering collaboration and providing a platform for local enterprises to thrive.

Key principles of the course:

Preservation with purpose
Emphasising the need to maintain and celebrate historical character, the guide advocates for repairs and maintenance that enhance rather than alter.

Signage synergy
Recognising the delicate balance between visibility and historic preservation, the guide stresses the importance of signage proportionality, ensuring it doesn't overshadow the intricate historic details.

Aesthetic integration
Advising on the use of materials and colours that seamlessly blend with surrounding buildings and align with the period of the property, the guide encourages harmony between the two.

Artistic expression
Going beyond functionality, the guide urges businesses to value artistic creativity and traditional craft. By doing so, it not only preserves history but also fosters a connection between modern business and age-old craftsmanship.

We at the Tywi Centre invite local businesses, artisans, and community members to embrace these principles. The Shop Front Design Guide is not merely a set of recommendations; it's a blueprint for revitalising our town centres and ensuring that Carmarthenshire's architectural heritage continues to thrive.

Nell Hellier, our Senior Built Heritage Officer, said:

"Preserving the historic tapestry of Carmarthenshire's towns is not just a duty; it's a shared commitment to our roots and a promise to future generations. In the Shop Front Design Guide session, we aim to empower businesses with the knowledge to not just embrace the past, but to weave its essence seamlessly into the fabric of our evolving town centres."

In the spirit of preserving history and fostering a vibrant community, our Shop Front Design Guide stands as a testament to the timeless beauty of Carmarthenshire's towns. For more information about the course, click here. The next instalment of this course is scheduled for:

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Thursday 10th October