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Consultation launches for Smithfield Riverside

Smithfield Riverside Public Consultation Launches Shrewsbury Town Centre Faulknerbrowns Architects Lh

A four-week public consultation has started on our plans for Smithfield Riverside, in Shrewsbury town centre.

Led by Shropshire Council and its development manager, RivingtonHark, Smithfield Riverside is an ambitious masterplanning project set to transform the area between the River Severn, the Darwin Centre, Roushill and Raven Meadows in Shrewsbury town centre. The project is supported by £19 million of Levelling Up Funding from the Government.

We were appointed in June 2023 to lead the masterplan design, which is split into four key zones and aims to improve connectivity between the centre of Shrewsbury and the northern section of the town’s river loop.

This first phase of consultation focuses on zone one, to the west and northwest of the Darwin Centre. Delivered through four separate planning applications, the proposals seek to create a mixed-use development with offices, homes, new restaurants and a cinema on the site of the Riverside shopping centre and former Riverside medical practice.

Our design proposals include west-facing terraces, interlinked by a series of accessible and vibrant new lanes and public spaces to help shape the area’s new identity. The plans also include a new public park, designed by landscape architects Spacehub.

Smithfield Riverside Public Consultation Launches Shrewsbury Town Centre Park Faulknerbrowns Architects L
Sketch for a new public park by Spacehub landscape architects

'Our design proposals are all about connectivity, creating a green link from the heart of the town to River Severn, with new homes, workspaces and public spaces stepping down to the riverside.

A new park alongside this could include seating overlooking Welsh Bridge, a children’s playground, open lawns and an events space for live music or film screenings: but as we develop the design, we want to hear feedback and ideas for the park from people in Shrewsbury.'

- Ben Sykes, Partner

Find out more about the project and the consultation at