Architecture students present their visions for Chatham docks

The public will have a unique opportunity to see design projects for Chatham Docks by Kent School of Architecture (KSA) students in a special exhibition during July.

The exhibition preview will be held on Friday 13 July at the Chatham Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre from 15.30 – 17.30, with the opening presentation at 16.00. The exhibition will remain open to the public 10.00 – 18.00 daily until 26 July.

The BA (Hons) Architecture students worked closely with the Dockyard Trust, Medway Council and the University of Kent at Medway throughout 2017-18 to produce design projects linked and based at Chatham Historic Dockyard on the river Medway in Kent, a site of significant historical interest and of conservation merit.

Their first project ‘Urban Intervention’ had two components. The first was to design a masterplan developing a future vision for the site through making proposals for new-build insertions, changes of use to existing buildings, and landscaping. The second was an ‘Adapt and Extend’ project to re-design one of three pre-selected buildings into a ‘multi-generational care facility’ including a nursery and accommodation for the elderly.

The next project, ‘Architectural Design’, challenged students to design a new-build multi-use building on a site of their choice within their masterplan. The project was entitled ’One World Workshop’ and had a programme of rentable, bookable, and flexible spaces.

The exhibition, curated jointly by Kent School of Architecture tutors Chloe Street Tarbatt, Maria Araya and Henry Sparks, showcases aspects of the projects in the hope that it will increase the awareness and impact of KSA, inspiring curiosity and debate with the public.