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Ken Yeang sees potential for eco-tower in Chatham - images

Ken Yeang, with his firm Llewelyn Davies Yeang, has been commissioned to masterplan a large chunk of Chatham, a key area in the Thames Gateway.

The eco-tower architect has agreed to take on the 7ha Chatham Waterfront in Medway, Kent.

This move represents a significant architectural appointment for the Thames Gateway development plan, which in recent months has appeared to stagnate.

Yeang (pictured, above right) also suggested that the site has the potential for one of his signature towers (an example of which can be seen below).

'I'm exhilarated by its potential,' he said yesterday. 'We must optimise the waterfront to create somewhere that is four things: a beautiful place to be, a unique destination, a stunning place to look at, a stunning place to look out from.'

And Medway Council's head of Chatham development Mark Bradbury (pictured, above left) claimed that architectural standards are on the up in the area.

'Working with internationally acclaimed figures such as Ken Yeang and our design champion Sir Terry Farrell is a wonderful opportunity for Medway and a statement of our intent to deliver buildings, places and spaces of the highest calibre,' he said.

by Ed Dorrell

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