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St Mary's IslandChatham, Kent

Client
Countryside Maritime Ltd (joint venture between Countryside Properties Ltd and Seed)
Tenure Mix
Doctors’ surgery and community centre
PRP Studio
Surrey

St Mary’s Island in Chatham’s historic dockyards is being redeveloped into a new community of 2,000 homes. PRP has created a striking neighbourhood centre that forms the community’s physical and social heart.

The centre is comprised of two buildings: a ‘village hall’ with hall, catering facilities, meetings rooms and offices and a doctor’s surgery. Although two separate entities they create a single building that wraps around a public courtyard. Each building is naturally ventilated and flooded with daylight.

Sustainability is further boosted by solar water heating and photovoltaic panels, while a series of mono-pitched roofs form elegant and distinctive architecture.