16 High Street, Shrewsbury

Having successfully completed a number of other timber-frame repairs within the historic town of Shrewsbury, Arrol Architects were well placed to oversee the extensive repair and reinstatement of this high-street facade.

Work commenced to entirely strip back the existing facade (a twentieth-century version of the timber-frame style that held little authenticity). Through extensive archaeological research into the shop history and structure Arrol Architects were able to recreate the original timber framed design of the building.

Using traditional methods and materials the original projecting gables were reinstated and extensive timber frame repairs were carried out.  In order to celebrate their reinstatement the tie beams to the new gables were carved with illustrations reflecting contemporary events such as Paul Gascoigne in the World Cup, Poll Tax and the power struggle between Margaret Thatcher and Lord Heseltine.  These were executed in such a way to imitate medieval vine leaf trail carvings seen within the town.