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Is it possible to provide high quality homes and compliment a town’s historical context?

[Y/N] Studio was asked to design a scheme for a site in Kent that had been earmarked for development by the council.

Currently the location of a petrol station with arches to the rear,the site lies at the end of a well used high street and opposite a Grade II listed pub. It has been earmarked as a key gateway site to the town. The emerging masterplan identifies that the site should be developed in Phase 1 for a residential lead mixed use scheme. 

A sculpted plan fills the site but sets back to create a public space with a view towards the listed pub and the nearby church. The sculpted plan also makes a modest space at the rear opposite the railway arches.  Retail and commercial units face on the road and connect them to the railway arches, drawing people up the high street.

Referencing the historic local architecture, the inhabited pitched roofs offer an opportunity to imporve the quality of light in the appartments by creating double height spaces and terraces which are recessed into the roof form like an inverted dormer.  In homage to the sawmill that previously occupied the site, we aim to use timber construction where possible.

The scheme achieves 47 mixed tenure appartments with 870sqm of commercial space.

47 Dwellings
Kent, UK
Type: Housing
Size: 47 units and 1000m2 of comercial space
Client: confidential
Status: Planning
Date: 2018 - 
Project Team:
Alex Smith, 
Raffaela Swoboda,
Maegan Icke