calfordseaden’s architectural team was appointed Maidstone Borough Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development team to explore the viability for redevelopment of a council owned car park and adjoining NHS site in Maidstone town centre. 

The brief included designs of a high quality residential development scheme that would meet the requirements served by design and lifetime homes together with the nationally described space standards. This site, together with a second town centre car park site (Brunswick Street), were packaged together for tender, as it was anticipated that best value could be achieved by having one contractor construct both schemes.

Our Architectural teams approach to this project was to develop a number of different sketch schemes of simple hand drawings on tracing paper, laid over the ordnance survey, which had been printed to scale. The hand sketches were then scanned and brought into Photoshop and coloured. 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.

The scheme went on to be developed and has provided private sale, shared ownership, market rent, and affordable rent homes for the town centre.