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Architects for Rochester Riverside confirmed

by James Renoux-Wood Fri 8 April 2016, 3:49 pm

HTA Design and bptw partnership have been confirmed as the architects for the 30-ha Rochester Riverside regeneration scheme in Medway.

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The £400 million regeneration project will see 1,300 homes built, as well as a primary school, nursery, hotels, bar and restaurant, gym, healthcare facilities, office space and a number of retail units.

HTA Design will lead on the overall masterplan while bptw will develop detailed designs for phase one. The architects were revealed following news that Medway Council and Homes and Community Agency had selected Countryside and The Hyde Group as developers for the £400 million scheme.

The design plans feature a 2.5km riverside walkway, a network of roads for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles and park and play areas. 

Colin Alinger, equity partner at HTA Design, said: "We look forward to creating a series of new neighbourhoods that respond to the dramatic site. The future place will become a destination in its own right and we are privileged to be part of the process." 

Phase one will see 198 homes built, ranging from detached houses to apartments developed as affordable units.

Mark Bottomley, a founding partner at bptw, said: The success of the work undertaken so far has been as a result of a real collaborative effort driven by Countryside and Hyde. 

"We have worked closely and successfully with HTA and the entire design team throughout the process and look forward to carrying this on as we work towards the first planning application. We are pleased to be designing high quality homes in Medway on such a large scale, building on the current work we are doing on various development sites across the area."

The first planning application is likely be submitted in late 2016 and, subject to planning consent, work on site is scheduled to start in June 2017.

The scheme is projected to be delivered within 12 years.


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