The proposals for McCarthy & Stone are to introduce self-contained residential units for the elderly on a conservation site in central Maidstone close to the River Medway.
The site is enclosed by a listed Kent ‘Ragstone’ wall which is used extensively in the adjacent conservation area and gives this locality a defining character. It also lines the primary elevations on Knightrider Street and continues on the western approach along the River Medway. Secondary elevations are predominantly in buff stock brick with red brick feature banding. This is evident on the school and residential buildings located on Priory Road. Gable ends on adjacent properties vary in height forming a local feature.
Proposals are for 12 one-bed apartments and 16 two-bed self-contained retirement apartments arranged over 3 to 4 storeys. Northern and Western aspects from the upper floors will benefit from views of the River Medway.
Our approach would be to respond to the local context with a contemporary vernacular that draws from local character in terms of material use, scale, roof shapes and design but with a fresh appearance that is of its time. The aim being that the building sits comfortably within the confines of the listed wall and relates to the adjacent conservation area.