Having already developed proposals for Chatham Town Centre in partnership with LDA Design, we are delighted to have been appointed for the next stage of this major project for Medway Council.
Chatham is located at the heart of Medway, with a population of 264,900 people living in the urban area in 2013. The area is world famous for its historic naval dockyard, and has also been a strategic centre for trade.
We have proposed a landscape architecture led consultant team to develop the public realm plans for the priority areas identified in the in-progress Chatham Placemaking, Public Realm and Connectivity Project. The area covered by the Project includes the primary route from Chatham railway station to the Chatham waterfront civic space, encompassing Railway Street and Military Road. The Project also includes the waterfront civic space, stretching from the River Medway and the Waterfront Pumping Station to the bus station, Military Road and the north-western entrance to the Pentagon shopping centre.
The spaces delivered through this project will form the basis for the longer term public realm plan for the area and will set the standard for all subsequent design work in the town centre. There is an opportunity for the spaces delivered through this project to serve as a catalyst for regeneration of the Chatham town centre. It is crucial to capitalise on this opportunity to create a cultural transformation in Chatham by providing a high-quality public realm that will encourage commercial opportunities and stimulate a variety of uses.
Key objectives to reach this aspiration include:
Deliver an accessible, sustainable, high quality and robust detailed design that builds strongly upon the proposals set forward in the project.
Deliver unified place-making across all of the public realm areas identified for action.
Achieve a high level of coordination with the project, demonstrating an understanding of the key principles and level of quality required to achieve the vision.
Employ elegant and simple solutions to create a high-quality public realm.
Enhance legibility through the design of high quality, iconic signage.
Work closely with the selected artist to incorporate dual-function creative public realm elements.
Use high quality materials and strategically located bespoke elements that incorporate creative public realm. This is a key strategy toward distinguishing each space.
Create clear boundaries and functional spaces.
Improve the cycle environment by providing space for enhanced cycle movement along Railway Street and creating sufficient space for cycle parking. Provision of cycle parking at strategic locations should be considered in more detail.
Confirm a palette of public realm materials incorporating project recommendations to avoid a fragmented approach to the urban realm. This should also reference the Chatham Public Realm Design Code to ensure continuity with previous work and historic references. See the Project extract document for materials palette.
Agree principles of long term maintenance and management including assumptions on adopted highways.
Confirm land ownership boundaries and access rights in liaison with Medway Council Officers.