UK architecture firm PRP is now lead architect and masterplanner on The Western Village in North Kent. The appointment was by joint venture development partners, Clarion Housing Group and Countryside. Part of the Eastern Quarry section of Ebbsfleet Garden City, The Western Village scheme is set to deliver up to 2,600 new homes.
Designed by PRP, The Western Village will offer a strong sense of community for those that live there. The homes will respond to their rural surrounds, including a former quarry which will also provide a dramatic backdrop to the scheme. The homes will link to landscaped and open green spaces through walk and cycle ways. This aims to promote wellbeing and maximise residents’ quality of life.
The Western Village will form the largest ‘village’ within Eastern Quarry. It will be a major contributor to Ebbsfleet, becoming the largest Garden City in the UK. The masterplan includes a detailed first phase of 250 homes delivered as part of a hybrid planning application for Western Village. This will become a strong, cohesive and inclusive community once complete.
Manisha Patel, senior partner at PRP, said:
“Our position means we are heavily involved in shaping the future of this new district in North Kent. This is a very exciting prospect to us. We have worked with both developers on several occasions and see they have a common focus of creating places with community values at heart. This also reflects in the masterplan for Western Village.”
Iain McPherson, managing director of New Homes and Communities South, commented:
“At Countryside, we share a proven track record with PRP and Clarion Housing Group. This is one of delivering quality homes and places that stand the test of time. The Western Village will follow this long tradition. It is specifically designed for communities to thrive in. It will be a place where people can put down their roots, socialise with neighbours and raise families for generations to come.”
Liz Martin, regional director of development for Clarion Housing Group, added:
“Clarion is playing a leading role in the creation of this new community. We were proud to recently complete the Garden City’s 1,000th home. Working with Countryside and PRP, our aim is to make The Western Village a destination that becomes known for high quality homes and its thriving community.”
The vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City is to create circa 15,000 new homes. We also aim to create a new commercial centre, improve public transport links and develop seven new city parks. These parks will connect London to the Garden of England. The project will generate a multi-billion pound investment increasing economic activity to the local area as well as creating up to 27,000 jobs.