Harbour Street Fronts & Facades

The High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), included £193,000 for the refurbishment, conservation and revitalisation of shop fronts and facades along Harbour Street. A design team was appointed in 2022 to carry out a prioritisation exercise of the HSHAZ. Designs and projects have been developed on the basis of a prioritisation matrix.

In addition to the building works to shop fronts, the HSHAZ is also funding the development of a Shop Front Design Guide, which will be used to support appropriate design and delivery of shop front and commercial works across the District.

The shop front design document is intended to be a useful guide for shop owners, developers and building owners wanting to undertake work to shop fronts and signs. It also gives guidance for new-built retail units.

The guide is aimed primarily at people who own their own shops and will be themselves responsible for its repair and economic success. As such the guidance covers a wide range of subject areas and is intended to aid owners find the most appropriate and cost effective way of keeping a good quality shop front and successful business. Shop fronts that require specialist architectural work or shops owned by companies with multiple outlets are less likely to need some of the guidance, however much of it will remain relevant.

Here are the before and after images of the restoration works conducted on the shop front at 27 Harbour Street.



The before image shows its previous use as Trade Station, with scaffolding covering the majority of the facade of the building.

The after image shows the newly restored facade, with original stained glass and tiled entrance in keeping with the building’s historic heritage.

Read more about this project in our newsroom: Press Release for 27 Harbour Street



After conducting a survey in July 2023, we have now created a draft version of the Shop Front Design Guide and would like to invite you to share your thoughts on this draft.

We would be very grateful if you could provide your responses at Your Voice Thanet.

The closing date for public engagement is Sunday 24th March 2024.

View the Shop Front Design Guide

View a plain text version of the Shop Front Design guide


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