The Tannery

Clague’s scheme for the redevelopment of the 8.4 acre former St Mildred’s Tannery site commenced construction in 2006. The completed project will include a new riverside public square incorporating a bistro/bar, five retail units and a new boutique hotel in addition to some 440 new dwellings in an imaginative mix of townhouses, apartments, penthouse and duplex units.

Our solution

The design approach is essentially humanist with an organic network of streets and lanes following desire lines and reflecting the fine grain of the surrounding medieval city. A bold new curving wall faced in knapped flint protects the community from the city’s ring road to the west whilst its form recalls the surviving parts of the medieval city wall. This edge culminates in a grouping of four and five storey ‘gateway’ buildings which mark the entrance to the scheme and a new public link to the River Stour and city centre.

The Tannery river 2
The Tannery Exterior 1
The Tannery Bridge
The Tannery White House
The Tannery Buildings

The results

The Tannery will be home to over 1,000 people, increasing by a third the population of Canterbury city centre and making another step in the renaissance of urban lining currently taking place in this Cathedral city.