Designer reveals watercolour plans for Kent riverside project

New waterfront community in Armstrong Bell's designs

New images showing the proposed redevelopment of a marshy open space in Kent have been unveiled, Armstrong Bell Landscape Design’s watercolours show plans by Medway Council and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to transform the 27ha riverside site in Rochester into a new waterfront community. The area will have 2,000 homes, a hotel, a school, shops, restaurants, pubs, cafés and a river walk. It is hoped it will spur on the redevelopment of the Thames Gateway. Designer Diana Armstrong Bell said: “It is designed to connect new neighbourhoods with the river by leading pedestrians between buildings to sheltered spaces.” Medway Council and SEEDA are shortlisting developers bidding to build phase one of the project. Bell was inspired by some of the area’s sculptural defensive earthworks at nearby Upnor Castle and Fort Amherst. She said: “The new landscape uses crisp earth embankments mass-planted with drifts of native ornamental grasses in memory of the former grazing marshland. “Hard materials derive from those found on the site – chunky timber, steel, gravel and glass the colour of a sea-washed bottle.”

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