bptw and HTA named as architects on £400m Rochester Riverside regeneration

Posted: 04.04.2016

bptw partnership and HTA Design LLP have been selected as the architects for the design and delivery of Countryside and The Hyde Group’s major mixed-use regeneration scheme at Rochester Riverside. HTA Design will lead on the overall masterplan whilst bptw will develop detailed designs for Phase 1.

Both architectural firms collaborated on the competition-winning design which will create a thriving residential community with 1300 new homes. Family sized accommodation will comprise 50% of the homes, with 25% affordable provision across the entire development. The masterplan will deliver more than 108,000 sq. ft of non-residential floorspace including a new community based primary school, nursery, hotels, bar and restaurant, gym, healthcare facilities, office space and a number of retail units. Phase 1 will see 198 homes built on the site with 12 unique house and apartment typologies which have been specifically designed for the riverside. Homes range from detached riverside houses to affordable apartments, with a landscaped setting for every home drawing on the natural heritage of the riverside.

Mark Bottomley, a founding partner at bptw, said, “We are delighted to be involved in delivering this amazing transformation for Rochester Riverside which we believe will hugely benefit the local community. 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 will likely be submitted in late 2016 and, subject to planning consent, work on site is scheduled to start in June 2017. The scheme will be delivered in phases over the next twelve years.

For more information, see the full press release here