St. Mary’s Island Masterplan Chatham 2001–

The scheme creates over 400 homes around a Victorian dry dock at the old Royal Naval Dockyard, Chatham. The working title ‘From Table to Basin’ denotes a masterplan for social spaces from the domestic kitchen table to the civic dry dock.

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    Aerial drawing shows a scheme laid out in terraces around the basin in an intelligible manner
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    Initial sketch of masterplan
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    The pattern of terraced streets is bisected by a diagonal road and a park at the head of the basin which links the new homes to the wider neighbourhood
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    Analysis by Space Syntax demonstrated the scheme’s logic
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    Plan of house types: the scheme addresses a variety of lifestyles
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    “Dock Houses” overlooking the original dry dock
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    “Facehouse” gardens: fronts face fronts, backs face backs with interchangeable house types within urban blocks
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    Sectional perspective of the “Yard House” showing its ground floor kitchen dining opening onto the mews & first floor living room & courtyard garden above


  • Appointment: 2001
  • Area: 6.8 hectaresm2
  • Client: Countryside Properties & South East England Development Agencies
  • : Competition, First Place


  • ‘Housing Plan in St. Mary’s Island’, in: a+t (2002), pp.54–61
  • Jeremy Melvin, ‘Home Grown’, in: The Architects’ Journal (7 November 2002), p.48
  • Kester Rattenbury, ‘House of Fun’, in: Building Design (25 October 2002), pp.14–15
  • David Taylor, ‘South East Agency has new Designs on Quality with CABE’, in: The Architects’ Journal (21 March 2002), p.10
  • ‘From Table to Basin: St Mary’s Island’, in: arq (2001), pp.229–247
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