Monday, 10 March 2014

A Good Sign?

The improvements to the shops at the top of the high street have continued with some rather nice new signage. Blog readers will remember that the scaffolding came down a few weeks ago after the painting was mostly finished but leaving a few more things to do. The new standardized but bespoke projection signs have certainly (in my view) added a visual enhancement to this row of shops.

I spotted a good photo of the shops (right) taken with a wide angle lens (which I do not possess) prior to these signs going up but after the painting was done. The architectural firm Jan Kattein Architects have kindly given me permission to use it here. You can enlarge it by clicking on it.

Some have commented that instead of painting this area blue and white, it could have just been given a clean, leaving the original art-deco fa├žade as originally designed, requiring less maintenance and less outlay. I tend to agree that this may have given better value for money and that perhaps future improvements along Central Road should consider this as a way to brighten up the area without spend millions of pounds. However I also think this group of shops does look quite good, and as the money has already been spent, we might as well make the best of it and enjoy it! Hopefully it will have the desired effect and help draw more people to shop in Worcester Park (provided they don't clog up the local streets with cars at busy times). We shall see...