Ruthin- Market Town of the Future

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Market towns have special significance in Wales. While a fifth of Europe’s population lives in towns of under 10,000, in rural Wales this figure rises to 44% (2001 Census). The concentration of cities to the coast has left an area of over 1.5 million hectares in central Wales with no towns larger than 20,000 people. Despite the enhanced importance this gives these towns, little interest has been paid to their current or future development.

Since late 2009 Ruthin Town Council has been working closely with DRU-w and the Welsh School of Architecture to investigate the future development of the town. The ‘Ruthin: Market Town of the Future’ project has to date consisted of two stages; a town study carried out by DRU-w, and a three week Vertical Studio involving students from the Welsh School of Architecture. An exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre showcased DRU-w's and the WSA students work in the town in June 2010.

Work completed so far has offered an outsiders’ view of the town and suggested areas of the town that could benefit from improvement. Working with stakeholders within the community, the next step is to develop a masterplan or design guide against which future projects in the town can be assessed. Funding wonfrom the ‘Beacon for Wales’ will help to support public consultations, workshops and exhibitions both in the town and across the country.

Client : Ruthin Town Council
Programme: 2009-present

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Bute Building
King Edward VII Ave
Tel: 02920 874430
Email: dru@cf.ac.uk
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