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THE SMUGGLER LIKES IT!


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http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/thesmuggler/Lee-come-vision-sore-eyes/article-1451859-detail/article.html

Thanks for the almost overwhelming feedback Smuggler, whoever you are. We would agree with you that the Green House would make a great wine bar. We do have idea for the Landmark, bus station and if you send pictures may be able to produce a ‘what if’ for those and the empty hotel site.

A boarded up empty pup in sydenham had a makeover recently on it’s boarded up hoardings. The pub is the Greyhound, so they painted ‘grey hounds’ in grey silhouettes over it (in the style of those old dog playing poker portraits you used to get in pubs). A simple solution that made a difference.

Were a fan of the smugglers articles, while we may not always agree with what he says, it’s good that someone has the balls to say it. And it needs someone to say the brutal truth sometimes. Best of all it raises debate.

The difficult bit is turning debate into solutions and actions.

There has been debate about making this into an exhibition. We have had designers in Devon contact us about helping out. I’m totally in favour of an exhibition, especially if they use an empty shop to do it in.

We have received a few images from people in Ilfracombe asking for makeovers. Many thanks for your images, keep sending them! We can’t do them all, but we will endevour to publish some more in the coming weeks.

Thanks

W.I.I.

GOOD FEEDBACK ON WHAT IF ILFRACOMBE


On the Journals Website there has been very positive feedback on the project so far.

Have a look for yourself:

http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/news/Designer-s-new-look-Ilfracombe-revealed/article-1439980-detail/article.html

W.I.I. wrote to all the Ilfracombe councilors last week to point them towards this project including Cllr Edmunds. As yet we are still waiting for them to respond. Perhaps they are all very busy!

WHAT IF THIS…


If you have images of something in Ilfracombe that needs help, please get in touch. We can’t promise anything and wont do all requests, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, but it may be something we can look at in the future.

Love it or Loathe it?

Love it or Loathe it?

In Particular the Landmark and the bus station from as many different angles as possible. We think the bus station is an opportunity that should give focus to the harbour and be something for people to do rather than more housing. Cafés, a piazza, an artificial beach with supervision for young kids so mum and dad can enjoy a bite to eat, an outdoor theatre or street performers. Or perhaps a market. But not housing. Not there in such a prime location. It’s crazy!

Many thanks

Lee & Ariana

Send your pictures to this email address:

hi@designedbygoodpeople.com

The Old Garden Shop


I remember when this stood next to Mr Benitos.

This is the current state of the building:

148 Empty

But what if it was turn into ‘The Green House’ to serve the community as it once did?

Original 'green wall' photo: Rory Hyde

Original 'green wall' photo: Rory Hyde

Green wall systems absorb noise, are self irrigating, stop graffiti, help insulate the building and enhance the environment. They vary in price but are around £350 per metre square.

A LINK TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NORTH DEVON JOURNAL

How to make an empty shop appealing


This is such a beautiful shop.

It’s criminal that it has been allowed to be left in this state. No shop in ANY high street should be left like this.

This is NOT acceptable.

UNLOVED BUT WITH HIDDEN BEAUTY

But what if empty shops were treated like this?

Empty Shop After

But what if estate agents used the building like a billboard:

“I could be an Old Fashioned Sweet Shop, or a Deli, or I could sell Eco Products, how about a Gift Shop?. Use your imagination. I’m next to a cinema, imagine what they might want to buy. Dvd’s?”

The door has two little holes from where you can get a sneaky preview of the shop before calling the estate agent.

This wouldn’t cost much to do either.

Have a look at our other blog:
www.whatifsydenham.wordpress.com
or the people behind this project;
www.designedbygoodpeople.wordpress.com

The Old Job Centre


This was the job centre. So it was a civil building. I can’t understand why the council would leave it in this state.

This is how it looks at the moment:

Furniture Store Before

But this is how it could look if it became a Furniture Store:

Furniture Store After

Ilfracombe should be proud of its history. Why not include a little text about the building next door? The hand points to the Old Candar Arcade and says:

“The Candar Hotel & Victorian Arcade stood next door until 1983 when they were destroyed by fire. The new buildings were opened by HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana in their last official engagement as prince & princess of Wales in 1992.”

I actually approached the mayor of Ilfracombe with this idea in 1992 when I was a mere design graduate but he dismissed it coming up with every excuse under the sun from planning and red tape to health and safety (it may distract drivers and cause an accident!). Hopefully the local Council are more receptive to ideas these days.

A perfectly formed shop… but empty


This is yet another empty shop that is looking neglected. It’s a very elegant building and compared to many in the town isn’t too bad.

Jack & Jill Before

Bu t what if it came to life again as a kids fashion shop? We suggest calling it Jack & Jill:

Jack & Jill After

Why not use the space above the shop to advertise your store. They used to years ago and the signs are decorative and can help enhance the high street, especially if they are hand painted (as this is supposed to represent).