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The scheme created a new public square through the imaginative use of retaining walls and steps to open up the space.
Inspired by the town walls, the semi-circular walls create sheltered seating areas
Coin bricks by Ned Heywood celebrate the trading past of Chepstow
Low relief images of market produce carved by Tom Clark to designs by Howard
Walls with carved artwork contain the space, whilst steps allow access across the site
Engraved text proved an effective way to customise standard street furniture
The carved retaining walls create raised levels and viewing platforms.
Each poetry band in the paving was designed to refer to the adjacent shop
Engraved text and a bespoke cast iron cover give new life to an old well
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.