calfordseaden was appointed to provide architectural services for the redevelopment of a council owned site in the centre of Maidstone.

The client, Maidstone Borough Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development team, were exploring the viability for redevelopment of a council owned car park and community building, together with a dilapidated commercial building that they intended to purchase and include within the scheme. 

The client’s brief was for the demolition of all buildings and redevelopment of the entire site with the construction of a residential scheme to include a small pay & display car park for 33 cars. Dwellings were to be split between private sale, shared ownership, market rent, and affordable rent. 

As part of the project, our Architectural teams developed a number of different sketch schemes which were scanned and coloured in Photoshop. The preliminary sketch schemes were issued to the client and developed following discussions; this led onto a design team meeting at the council’s offices, where the full team was introduced and the designs were reviewed. 

Design proposals were progressed in sketch form until the team felt a viable scheme had presented itself, at which point a pre-application meeting was scheduled with the Senior Planning Officer to discuss the proposal. The meeting was beneficial as suggestions were made for alterations to the general layout and advice was provided on acceptable heights and overlooking distances.

Once once the client confirmed their preferred layout we worked the scheme up using Revit software. 

The scheme successfully achieved Planning Permission and has been fully developed.