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Space Craft and Feilden Clegg Bradley among Medway competition finalists

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Space Craft Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB) have been named on the four-strong shortlist in the contest to develop the first phase of the contentious 34ha Rochester Riverside site in Kent.

After years of delays, the backers behind the ambitious Thames Gateway regeneration project - Medway Council and the South East England Development Agency - have unveiled a quartet of developer-led teams vying to build the massive mixed-use scheme next to the River Medway.

FCB has linked up with developer Countryside Properties and MacCreanor Lavington Architects on its bid, while Space Craft has thrown its hat into the ring with Urban Splash and the Affinity Sutton Group.

The other finalists are HTA Architects with Crest Nicholson, and BPTW Architects and Buschow Henley with Bellway Homes and the London & Quadrant Group.

The initial phase of the development will see around 550 homes built on a 7ha plot as part of the wider proposals for 2,000 homes, offices, shops, hotels and schools, which have already received outline planning permission.

by Richard Waite

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