Kingsmead Field, Canterbury
Location: Canterbury, Kent
Client: Canterbury City Council
Completed: January 2023
The new development, situated on a renowned and fiercely protected greenfield site on the outskirts of Canterbury, comprised fourteen houses and two maisonettes with five garages, two car ports and all with off road parking.
Delivered on behalf of Canterbury City Council to address their need for greater housing provision in the region, five of the new two-, three- and four-bedroomed homes will be offered as social rented tenure whilst the remaining units were for open market sale apart from two smaller units which were also retained for private rent by CCC.
Upon commencement of our contractual obligations, each block of houses were well underway at various levels of superstructure with the Jenner team engaged to continue with the installation of roof trusses and commitment to ensure the units were weathertight but the end of 2021, and which was achieved.
Designed by local canterbury-based practice Clague architects, the houses are designed to a high-standard and finished with an aesthetically pleasing mix of yellow Ibstock brick and render with parapet walls and gables and with carefully reconstituted stones to form the external window sills and heads, string courses and copings.
In the latter stages of construction the design of the affordable units was substantially amended to incorporate air source heat pumps for cost-effectiveness in occupation in the longer-term and a more sustainable approach to construction.
The site was formerly a public playing field and is positioned behind an existing residential road, with constraint of Kingsmead Field to the west and situated in the floodplain of the Great Stour river. The external works comprised the construction of private and common garden areas as well as links to the parkland, access road and car parking.
Construction has now completed with all units handed over to our delighted client and most now in occupation.