An application has been lodged for the conversion of the former S&H Jones wine warehouse on Marlborough Road to a hairdressing salon. Whilst not averse to the reuse of the building, we have questioned the need for a new shop unit in this location, given the current state of High Street retailing. We also questioned the proposed elevational treatment, which gave the building a Hornton stone facing, with an over-scale pediment at roof level, complete with large, centrally-mounted clock. Whilst clearly well-intentioned, we felt that the design was inappropriate for its location and something of a pastiche with ‘wild west’ overtones.
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