Castle Hill

Our Architects secured reserved matters planning consent for the first commercial elements of the exciting Ebbsfleet Garden City development as well as 56 apartments and townhouses.

The reserved matters planning consent by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation includes approximately 10,000 sq ft of retail (A1,A2,A3,A5). One unit will accommodate a market leading convenience store operator and the others will comprise smaller premises for non-food retail, small businesses, a café and takeaway uses to provide services to local residents.

To achieve this, a simple palette of materials was selected in accordance with the Design Code, comprising of three brick types for the residential elements and glazing along the retail frontages.

Project Details

  • The creation of a village centre
  • Active frontages on both the residential and retail elements
  • Configuration of site to create high-footfall route to retail outlets

Material changes are used to subtly break up the mass of the blocks and highlight entrances, whilst two balcony types also seek to create variation and interest. The different elements of the building are ‘drawn together’ by the common language of the fenestration and entrances.

Variations in the height of the building respond both to the changing levels of the site and also the intention to highlight the key corners of the block, particularly that fronting the Village Square to the south, where the building frames this important public space.

Andrew Blythe – Senior Architect at Barton Willmore:

“Alongside the retail centre, which acts as a focal point for the development through design and enhanced by the topography of the former quarry setting on a high-footfall route, the Georgian inspired townhouses unveil a London vernacular with strong active frontages."