The Market Place, Kettering, is an important historic square within the Kettering Town Centre conservation area, with a selection of listed and notable buildings in its vicinity.
As part of Kettering Borough Council’s Area Action Plan, The Market Place is undergoing regeneration, with a view to the creation of an identity for the area.
The ‘Market Place Buildings’ are a mixed-use terrace of buildings to the south side of the Market Place, with restaurant / café units at ground level, residential accommodation above and basement parking below.
The scheme generates life, activity and character for the square. The buildings also have an important physical contribution to The Market Place by completing the perimeter and enclosing the square, containing its activity. The style and use carefully integrate with the surrounding buildings, landscape and access routes. This is done with sensitive consideration of massing, height, division, architectural language and composition. The building is broken down into three terraced blocks, each with its own relevant response and character.
The result is a collection of buildings that enhance and complete a space, provide activity and life, without drawing focus away from the existing historic features of the Market Place.