Meeting to shape our built environment
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Rochester Riverside

Rochester, Kent

Developer/Landlord Countryside Properties plc / Hyde Housing / Medway Council
Architect BPTW
Employers Representative Countryside Properties plc & Hyde Housing
Contractor Countryside Properties plc
Engineer Brand Consulting
Landscape Architect LUC

This major regeneration project will see the transformation of Rochester Riverside, extending the city centre of one of South East England’s most historic cathedral cities through the creation of up to 1400 new homes across 7 phases. The masterplan will also deliver over 8,000sqm of non-residential floorspace including a primary school, a nursery, a hotel, retail spaces as well as extensive open space and public realm. BPTW was selected as the architect for the design and delivery, developing detailed designs for the first 4 phases, with HTA leading on the overall masterplan.

Phases 1-4 will see the provision of 656 homes, new open spaces, a new 80 bed hotel located adjacent to the existing railway station, a nursery, and other commercial floorspace. With a high proportion of family homes, on these phases BPTW has created bespoke house and apartment typologies specifically designed for the historic riverside location, with homes ranging from detached riverside houses to affordable apartments, set within a landscape that draws on the natural heritage of the site.

The application represented the most significant step in the regeneration of this important strategic site, creating a new city quarter that will deliver homes, leisure and work places fit for the twenty first century and beyond.

Both the detailed and outline elements of the application will enhance and deliver the Medway River Walk along the riverside creating a 2.5km route along the site’s river edge with the opportunity to create a new bridge at Cory’s Creek. The site connects the town to the River with the proposals designed to complement the fabric of the city whilst creating a new vibrant urban quarter. The design team has drawn inspiration from the wider Medway area, referencing the rich fabric found in the conservation areas of Rochester and also the character of Chatham and the Historic Naval Dockyard. Consideration of roof lines, local view corridors, building facades, fenestration, street furniture and opportunities for public art have all been designed and considered to create a sense of place that relates to the city and to the Medway.

The proposals are a result of an extensive and considered design development process with Medway Council, the HCA and the local community. Throughout the process BPTW worked collaboratively with a multidisciplinary design team including HTA design, landscape architects, engineers, public art consultants, energy consultants and the client team.

With our planning team acting as consultants, a detailed application for Phases 1-3 and an outline for the entire masterplan was approved in January 2018. Phases 1 and 2 are currently under construction, with 131 homes now complete. We have also submitted an application under S73 to provide additional units within Phase 3 which was validated in November 2019.

At the recent Housing Design Awards 2020, Rochester Riverside won the ‘Building for a Healthy Life Award’ and it was crowned the overall ‘Winner of Winners’! Watch the HDA short film here.

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