Empty Shops: what to do?

Oct 09 2019 10:00 - 15:00

Loxley House, Loxley House, NG2 3NG Nottingham

The issue of empty shops and the high street decay is affecting villages, towns and cities across the UK. Can urban designers come up with innovative, creative strategies that contribute to mitigating the issue? How can we plan and design with long term, future-proof vision?

Join us to work out what can be done, to find out potential barriers to pragmatic solutions and feasible quick gains.  

AGENDA

10:00 Doors open. Refreshments.

10:15 Introduction

10:30 Empty shops in Nottingham

Robert Dixon - Head of Business Growth and International Strategy, NCC

Speaker TBC: impact of empty shops

Guest speaker TBC

Q&A Panel

11:30 Walkabout

Tour of Nottingham City Centre and its Empty Shops. Place appraisal. Led by Vaughen Crompton & Nick Hibberd.

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Stephen Barker – Creative Quarter

13:30 Workshop 1: In groups, debate and summarise the answers to the following questions:

  1. Summarise the 3 primary urban design reasons for empty shops + find possible solutions to overcome/resolve those issues

  2. What impact can urban designers have on what should/could happen with empty shops?

  3. How can urban designers help mitigate the issue?

14:15 Feedback: summary from groups

14:30 Pecha Kucha presentations

15:00 Event closes