Dover Ecovillage, Country Park and Heritage Trails

Project Description This regeneration master plan is a significant “once in a life-time opportunity to deliver regeneration for Dover “(CGI) creating a new heritage quarter at Western Heights, linked by a substantial hilltop Countryside Access Area to a new residential community in the valley at Farthingloe. The Masterplan seeks to create innovative, sustainable new village communities based on a thoroughly 21st century lifestyle housing concept embracing all generations. The development proposals include 651 dwellings including a retirement village for 90 units.

Parts of the site are either in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or in the Western Heights Conservation Area. In addition the site boasts both listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments that show two thousand years of military history, from the remains of a Roman lighthouse and a medieval Knights Temple Chapel through to fortifications that span in time from Napoleonic times to World War II. The most public benefit is the development of a Country and Heritage Park along with serious investment into both the Scheduled Drop Redoubt, and the Grade II listed Grand Shaft, an underground spiral stair. The Drop Redoubt will have a new drawbridge leading to a visitor centre and viewing platform at high level. The use of parts of these monuments for recreational activities, and the provision of history and nature trails, give it importance as a public amenity and a valuable educational resource.

Other facilities on this 242 hectare site include a landmark 4-star 130 bed conference hotel, a fitness club for the residents, a pub in a converted barn, a bed-breakfast in an existing listed farm house and a village shop, along with all the associated infrastructure commensurate with a development of this scale.

Role and Responsibilities Senior Associate with principal responsibility for the entire project, including design and management, all external liaison and coordination incorporating engineering design, landscape, heritage, ecology, planning consultants, client and project partners; as well as resource programming, fee reconciliation, invoicing and monthly progress reporting to client funders in order to secure invoice payments.

Responsible for: initial concept design options and managing design development process, design of all non-residential buildings but one, design for certain residential parcels particularly those at sloping sites on Western Heights and flat sites at Farthingloe, as well as all subsequent revisions and design development, most masterplan diagrams, and presentation material.

Also had sole responsibility for authoring, compiling and layout for: Design and Access Statement, Masterplan Design Guide and Example Design Approach presentation documents.

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