Location: Chatham, Kent
Client: Countryside Properties
Project Year: 2014
Cost: Over £2mThe scheme is a mixed-use, mixed tenure scheme located next to Horsted Way and Fort Horsted (a Nineteenth Century military defense and Scheduled Ancient Monument), Chatham, Medway. Comprising 337 residential units alongside commercial space, the development will create a sustainable environment over 20 acres of land. The site is located two miles south of Chatham and Rochester town centres, and was previously occupied by Mid Kent College campus (now derelict). A proportion of the homes have been designated as Extra Care affordable housing for elderly people.
The development at Horsted aims to create a new residential quarter for Chatham with its own character and a clear sense of place. The landscape design approach for the Horsted Park development is focused on the role of the site in establishing connections between the development pattern and the surrounding open landscape, whilst aiming to create a distinctive and pleasant living environment for the residents. The landscape design incorporates a sequence of open spaces which extend into the proposed development as landscaped ‘fingers’, connecting with the wider landscape.
Proctor and Matthews have taken the opportunity to develop a series of new housing typologies for a semi-rural setting, with the housing element of the scheme conceived as a series of farmsteads. Taking their cue from the rural vernacular of Kent agricultural buildings, the architects have designed a series of squares and courtyards with dwellings arranged around them to provide shelter, open spaces and a comfortable, domestic environment.