Chepstow High Street 2005
Howard was lead artist on the multi award-winning regeneration of Chepstow High Street for Monmouthshire County Council, working in detailed collaboration with landscape architects and engineers from Atkins. Together they designed new public spaces and a much improved pedestrian environment on the High Street.
The challenge was to create a contemporary scheme in an historic town. This was achieved by combining traditional imagery with a radical remodelling of space. Working closely with Atkins, Howard designed curved retaining walls that echoed the historic town walls, then created images relating to the history of Chepstow, carved by Tom Clark, with lettering by Cerrig Ltd.
History was also given new life in bands of text set in the paving. Poets Menna Elfyn and Anne Cluysenaar worked with the local community, as did ceramic artist Ned Heywood, who created the coin paviors scattered throughout the scheme. Howard was keen to bring together this package of skills in order to create a comprehensive, innovative scheme that rewarded discovery.
Voted best UK pedestrian scheme, Street Design 2005 awards.