Shelter in collaboration with PRP was awarded £50,000 by the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014, for its new garden city vision, after being named runner up in the prestigious competition. The competition asked entrants to draw up a plan for how they would deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically viable and popular.
Prepared in collaboration with PRP, with advice from KPMG LLP, Legal & General and Laing O’Rourke Plc., Shelter’s entry sets out its vision for Stoke Harbour, a new garden city on the Hoo Peninsula, Medway. Shelter says its entry proves that politicians can put new measures into place over the next parliament to build more homes and stabilise England’s rollercoaster housing market.
Whilst the proposal is theoretical, it is intended to show that it is possible to build a new garden city that will benefit local residents as well as the country as a whole. As part of the submission process, Shelter consulted Medway residents and found that 61% of people would support a garden city in their local area if it resulted in improved services.
This masterplan for a new Medway town seeks to address London’s continuing housing needs, by updating traditional garden city ideals for a new century. This masterplan for 15,000 dwellings and a population of 36,000, included a strong connection to the countryside with new infrastructure combining movement, green and blue structure together to create streets, squares, gardens and parks that are attractive accessible and sustainable.