Work pressing ahead in Darlington’s historic wynds and yards

Work pressing ahead in Darlington’s historic wynds and yards
28 May 2021

Work is pressing ahead with exciting developments to regenerate Darlington’s historic wynds and yards.

Hand-painted stripes and signage has started to appear in Post House Wynd as part of the shopfront enhancements.

Darlington Borough Council enlisted the expertise of artist Nicky Peacock to design the shopfront proposals.

Nicky Peacock said: “When I was considering designs for the shopfronts of Post House Wynd, I wanted plenty of colour and a bold, fresh approach to brighten the kerb appeal of this charming but somewhat underrated thoroughfare. Stripes never go out of style and colour lifts the spirits. I really wanted Darlington to have a motif all of its own – something memorable, surprising, and joyous – enter the candy-striped shop fronts.”

The Wynd Café & Bistro is the first of the upgrades to be complete – with new hand-painted signage, a vibrant turquoise shopfront and pastel coloured stripes.

Owner of Wynd Café & Bistro, Richard Waite, who opened the café last week, said: “We are really pleased with the outcome. It’s superb and looks a million per cent better. The work which is underway sounds really promising. The town has a nice feel to it and lots of potential.”

As well as upgraded shop fronts - a living green wall, decorative lighting, benches, pots, planters and artwork is also in the pipeline in the town’s historic yards, as part of the council’s Towns Fund.

Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Heather Scott, said: “Investing in our heritage assets like the historic yards and wynds is a key part of our vision and commitment to build on what’s here and take it forward. We want to create a resilient town centre rooted in its rich history. I think the pastel stripes look fantastic. There is a growing cluster of independent retailers in the Yards, and they are real gems.”

A study by the HomeOwners Alliance in 2020 revealed that properties on a colourfully painted street could be worth up to 65 per cent more than those which are not, meaning Darlington landlords could be set to benefit should they sell on.

To follow the ongoing progress in the wynds and yards visit Darlington Borough Council’s social media.

“We want to create a resilient town centre rooted in its rich history.”

- Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Heather Scott

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