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Horsted Park Housing Development

Horsted Park, designed on behalf of developer Countryside Properties by Proctor and Matthews Architects is a mixed-use, mixed tenure scheme located next to Horsted Way and Fort Horsted (a Nineteenth Century military defense and Scheduled Ancient Monument), Chatham, Medway. Comprising 337 residential units alongside commercial space, the development will create a sustainable environment over 20 acres of land.

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  • The site is located two miles south of the town centres of Chatham and Rochester and was previously occupied by Mid Kent College campus. A proportion of the homes have been designated as Extra Care affordable housing for elderly people.
  • Surrounded by open countryside, Horsted Park will offer a good mix of new homes suitable for all types of buyer. The development will also provide over 6 and a half acres of open space, representing approximately 30% of the total site area.
  • The external design ensures that the homes are conceived as a series of “farmsteads”. These houses take their cue from the rural vernacular of Kent farmsteads to produce a series of squares and courtyards with dwellings arranged around them to provide shelter, open spaces and a comfortable, domestic environment.
  • The wide variety of homes creates real character, while inviting streets, safe public spaces, carefully chosen materials and architectural features based on traditional Kentish styles enrich the scene. The mix of new houses and apartments alongside new community facilities, as well as wide open spaces, will be of interest to those wishing to move to a development that has everything on its doorstep.
  • A range of two, three and four bedroom houses is currently available at Horsted Park with prices starting at £210,000 for a two bedroom property, £285,000 for a three bedroom home and £375,000 for a four bedroom house.
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According to the architect, the project was conceived as a series of “farmsteads” inspired by the rural vernacular of traditional Kent villages. With homes spaced around squares and courtyards, the scheme aims to provide a domestic, comfortable environment for residents. The architecture practice says that high-quality landscaping and public realm have been essential. According to Countryside, the scheme will provide over 6.5 acres of open space, about 30% of the total site area. The project is being delivered in two phases, with residents now moving into the first phase.

This reasonably sized development is “not the run of the mill”. Whilst using traditional construction methods the designer has shown a flair of meticulous detailing. Fantastic brickwork has been accomplished at Horsted Park which the judges felt was obviously overseen by a passionate contracts manager. It is hoped that this project will be an example to other developers. Along with its attractive setting, manicured landscaping and substantial views the craftsmanship displayed throughout the development will create a pleasant living environment.

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Horsted Park uses the company’s Chelsea Smoked Red and Dark Moroccan Smooth bricks. It is a mixed tenure scheme where the houses feature an unusual two-and-a-half storey design and an original protruding brick feature.

A project showcasing bricks from Hanson UK has scooped first prize in the ‘best housing development 6 to 25 units’ category at the 2012 Brick Development Association (BDA) awards. The judges said: “This reasonably sized development is not ‘run of the mill’. While using traditional construction methods the designer has shown meticulous detailing and fantastic brickwork has been accomplished. It is hoped that this project will be an example to other developers.”

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“We are delighted that Horsted Park has been awarded Housing Project of the Year. In conjunction with architects, Proctor and Matthews, we’ve taken great care to create a development that reflects local building methods. Our vision was to create a collection of homes where everyone would feel welcome and where the design reflects the style of traditional Kent farmsteads. The homes are arranged around a series of squares and courtyards to provide shelter, open spaces and a comfortable domestic environment.” – Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties said.

“The use and choice of brickwork was an essential element of the design to give colour, texture and pattern to the buildings,” said architect Andrew Cadey.

“We were so impressed with the use of high quality landscaping and the environment created for residents that we were pleased to award Horsted Park as the Housing Project of the Year.” – The judges commented / Building Magazine Awards

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As two earlier proposals for the former Mid Kent College campus site had been turned down, it was vital that the bricks chosen worked with the blend of architecture used and met the approval of Medway Council. The completed development of 337 residential units will include a variety of two, three and four-bedroom houses, one and two-bedroom apartments, Extra Care affordable housing for older people and community facilities such as shops.

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Horsted Park – Extra Care:

The Extra Care building provides 41 one and two bedroom wheelchair accessible apartments and a guest suite. Supporting residential facilities are provided on the ground floor comprising of a dining room, living room, hairdressing salon, craft and hobby room and resident’s garden – the dining room and hairdressing salon will be open to both residents and the general public. Ancillary facilities are also included, comprising of offices, laundry and staff rooms.

The Extra Care building forms a key pivotal building within the Horsted Park masterplan, providing a ‘marker’ building within the heart of the development and acting as gateway to the smaller scale family house units within phase 1.

The building is arranged in a ‘U’ shaped form over 4 storeys. The treatment of the elevations proposes a variety of brick bonding and weatherboard to deliver a modeled appearance to the built form and to give a more individual expression to the dwellings within. A balcony element, achieved with the use of a steel framework, is clad in vertical timber battens to provide a degree of enclosure, topped with a slatted timber hood to articulate the roof profile. The upper floor is articulated with dormer windows within the roof to provide a domestic scale to the accommodation.

The marker component of the building; off-set to the ‘U’ shaped main block, provides a sturdy brick counterpoint in architectural treatment. It contains a ‘stand-alone’ dining facility at ground floor that is articulated by a recessed style brick colonnade, highlighted with projecting rhythms of brickwork patterning set against a simple brick facade.

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Horsted Park Extra Care – © Proctor and Matthews Architects

Proctor and Matthews Architects

Horsted Park is a large housing and mixed-use development for Countryside Properties in Horsted, Kent. Formerly the home of Mid Kent College, the site is located two miles south of Chatham and Rochester town centres. The project will provide over 300 dwellings alongside community and retail facilities, with a proportion of the homes being designated as Extra Care affordable housing for the elderly. The first phase of the development, containing 153 homes, received planning consent in 2011 and is currently on site.

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We conceived the layout of the development as a series of ‘farmsteads’, taking our cue from the rural vernacular of Kent farmsteads to produce a series of squares and courtyards with dwellings arranged around them. This provides shelter, open spaces and a comfortable, domestic environment.

The ‘farmstead’ layout was developed in response to a brief that called for vibrant spaces and high quality, sustainable and innovative design. This design solution was informed by a detailed public consultation exercise, and the layout sought to address concerns from local residents about increased density on the site. We are using traditional materials such as brick, tile and timber, and juxtapose different forms to capture the spirit of the Kent village with a noticeably contemporary twist. Our design seeks to achieve variation, intimacy and animated spaces, reinforcing a sense of security and community. The plans contain 6.5 acres of open space, representing approximately 30 per cent of the total site area.

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Houses will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom family homes. These will be two and three storey courtyard houses, each offering a lively street presence and different forms to add visual interest. Alongside the houses, two apartment blocks form pivotal landmark buildings within the development and further variety to the street scene. The first will contain a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments while the second block will provide 40 Extra Care units for elderly people, together with community and retail facilities.

For our practice, Horsted Park explores a new direction for the creation of low rise, medium density residential neighbourhoods, focussed on the formation of housing clusters within a spatial.

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About – Countryside Properties:

Countryside Properties has been established for more than 50 years and is a responsible developer of new homes and communities. We are also specialists in regeneration. Our vision is to create outstanding new homes in excellent locations for people to enjoy, now and in the future.

We have a proven track record in creating high quality homes and places that our customers enjoy and which stand the test of time. In recognition, we hold more CABE Building for Life Standards than any other privately owned developer. Indeed, we were the first housing developer to receive the most highly prized architectural award of the RIBA Stirling Prize.

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Individual design solutions:

Our individual design solutions integrate with and enhance the surrounding natural and built environment to create places of distinctive character. We deliver imaginative design solutions for every new home and development we build. Such good design helps to create a community, improves safety and security, and enhances our customer’s quality of life. The Countryside Properties name is a byword for design excellence, much sought after by discerning homebuyers seeking a higher quality of life.

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Project Data:

Project name: Horsted Park
Location: Chatham, Kent, Horsted Way, Rochester, Medway ME1 2XQ, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51.356426, 0.511943
Type: 

  • Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Housing
  • Type By Site: Countryside / Suburb House
  • Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
  • Type By Structural: Brick House

Program:Housing Development
Site Area: over 20 acres
House floor area:

  • 3 bedroom house -The Eastling – 111.50 sqm / sq.ft
  • 3 bedroom house -The Grange – 102.5 sqm / sq.ft
  • 3 bedroom house -The Kingsdown – 120.30 sqm / 1295 sq.ft
  • 4 bedroom house -The Burham – 151.1 sqm / sq.ft
  • 4 bedroom house -The Capstone – 137.7 sqm / 1482 sq.ft
  • 4 bedroom house -The Halstow 2 – 135.7 sqm / 1461 sq.ft

Project Year: 2006-2010
Status: Built, Completed
Completion Year: 2013
Visit Horsted Park Housing Development’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2012 – Brick Awards (The Brick Development Association) – Best Housing Development (6-25 units) – Winner
  • 2012 – Building Magazine Awards – Category: Housing Project of the Year – Winner

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Countryside Properties
Architects: Proctor and Matthews Architects – 7 Blue Lion Place, 237 Long Lane, London SE1 4PU,
Design Architect: Proctor Matthews
Brickwork contractor: Flahive Brickwork
Brick: Hanson Building Products – Chelsea Smoked Red and Dark Moroccan Smooth
Text Description: © Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects, Brick Awards, Building Awards, Horsted Park, Countryside Properties
Images: © Proctor and Matthews Architects, Horsted Park, Countryside Properties

Materials & Suplier:

KITCHENS:

  • Fitted kitchens: base units in Clay Oak and wall units in Ivory Gloss finish
  • Laminate worktops and matching upstands
  • One and half bowl sink with monobloc mixer tap
  • Stainless steel oven (single oven in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses, double oven in tall housing in 4 bedroom houses)
  • Four ring ceramic hob
  • Extractor cooker hood
  • Integrated fridge/freezer or separate fridge and
  • freezer as appropriate
  • Integrated dishwasher (600mm or compact as appropriate)
  • Washing machine in kitchen or utility cupboard (washer dryer in 2 bedroom houses)
  • Cream ceramic floor tiles

BATHROOMS:

  • White sanitaryware with chrome taps
  • Double ended bath with Ferrara Oak finish panel
  • Floor mounted WC with soft close seat
  • Wash hand basin with Ferrara Oak finish shelf
  • Chrome thermostatic shower mixer with diverter handle
  • Clear shower screen (where applicable)
  • Ceramic floor and wall tiles
  • Heated chrome towel rail

EN SUITES:

  • White sanitaryware with chrome taps
  • Sliding, pivot or bi-fold shower door (as appropriate)
  • Chrome square fixed shower head with thermostatic shower
  • Floor mounted WC with soft close seat
  • Wash hand basin with Ferrara Oak finish shelf and monobloc mixer tap
  • Ceramic floor and wall tiles
  • Heated chrome towel rail

CLOAKROOMS:

  • White sanitaryware with chrome taps
  • Floor mounted WC with soft close seat
  • Semi pedestal wash hand basin with monobloc mixer tap
  • Cream ceramic floor tiles

GENERAL FINISHES:

  • Satinwood white painted doors, skirtings, architraves and staircases
  • Walls painted in matt finish Natural Calico
  • Ceilings in brilliant white
  • Smoke alarms and heat detectors positioned throughout the house where required
  • TV aerial cable in loft for customer’s own aerial

HEATING AND LIGHTING:

  • Gas fired central heating
  • Energy efficient downlights in kitchens, bathrooms, en suites and cloakrooms
  • Pendant lighting in halls, living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms
  • Switches and sockets in white
  • Worktop lighting in kitchens

EXTERNAL:

  • Landscaped front garden
  • Rear gardens rotavated and turfed
  • Outside tap
  • External lighting

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