Location: East Sussex
Hastings Borough Council commissioned CAP to undertake a characterisation of the Town Centre, embracing several existing conservation area 'character' areas. In short, a wide ranging critical review of the town's conservation map. The backbone of the study was formed of three parts: defining character, urban design and building assessment. The first provided the understanding of why Hastings is special; the second a picture of how streets, terraces, squares, plot sizes, topography and settings interact and are often degraded; the third, an objective system for evaluating any building against locally distinctive characteristics. This system, the Matrix, scored every key building in Hastings against the characteristics that emerged from the fieldwork.