Alison Brooks Architects collaborated with architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and Maccreanor Lavington, and developer Countryside Properties to provides 609 new homes on a brown-field site in Rochester.
ABAs Blue Boar Lane Lofts & Studios formed the prominent northern gateway to the development, introducing the unique character and architectural quality of the site. The buildings peaked roofline echoes the irregular domestic roof forms of the existing town, while providing extra high ceiling spaces for top floor flats or lofts.
The buildings facades are punctuated by bay windows that project to allow all flats to enjoy views towards both the historic town centre and a new square, animated by shops and cafes.
The Cedar Loft Apartments and Hotel are centered around a similar green courtyard. Their gently sloping roofline and generous glazing echoes the former warehouses of the sites industrial past – the sheds that formerly housed barge builders and steel fabrication. Forming the gateway at the southern tip of the site, the Greenhouse communicates a gesture of openness and invitation, while providing a colourful backdrop to a public archaeological garden.