Horsted Park

The second phase of this proposed residential development just outside Chatham is for 265 dwellings including 63 ‘Extra Care’ (assisted living) units and has been carefully designed to complement the existing award winning Phase I scheme, create a townscape edge to the development facing onto the main road (Maidstone Road/Horsted Way) as well as respond to the open countryside to the east of the site.

Our solution

The project picks up on the use of contemporary brick detailing and steep gabled roofscape from Phase 1 whilst creating a unique character to Phase II which uses key green spaces and routes through the scheme to help add a sense of place and orientate people within the development whilst providing ample car parking dispersed within the landscaping.

The results

The ‘Extra Care’ units are designed around a south facing central courtyard which the community facilities face into whilst the majority of the units look onto the open countryside that surrounds the site. The building is carefully massed so not to appear as one large monolithic block but a series of forms running into each other with the roof lines stepping up creating a building which responds to the human scale.