Beach Street, Herne Bay

Canterbury City Council appointed Clague Architects to bring forward proposals to rejuvenate a key, derelict town centre site in Herne Bay. The dilapidation and disrepair of Beach Street was off-putting to residents, made retailing challenging and stifled investment. Located in the Conservation Area and Central Parade, Clague’s included designs for new homes with car parking, shops, and general regeneration of public areas and existing buildings.

The plans we have developed for Beach Street include transforming underused car parks, derelict buildings and warehouses in the centre of Herne Bay into 33 new homes, a new shop and two new workshop/studio spaces. We also included 25 car parking spaces and improvements to public areas.

The blight of Beach Street car park, and disrepair of the existing buildings, meant the site detracted from the Conservation Area and Central Parade, undermining confidence in Herne Bay.

The existing buildings at 73 and 74 Central Parade, including the former Tivoli shop unit, include half of a symmetrical pair of bow-fronted Regency townhouses, but are in a very poor state of repair.

The proposals for Beach Street were approved by the Council’s Development Control Committee – as a result, the buildings can be demolished and replaced. The proposed infill building on Central Parade, replacing the derelict Tivoli building, will serve to repair this damaged, but very important part of the Conservation Area.

The design of this new development for Canterbury City Council was undertaken with great care to ensure it fits into the scale and textures of the built context and enhances this part of Herne Bay, introducing much needed new homes and businesses.