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Horsted Park Residential Development

Proctor and Matthews Architects

The architect’s view

Horsted Park is a 337 unit housing led mixed use project being developed by Countryside Properties on a brownfield site located in Chatham, Kent. Countryside Properties encouraged a design that uses vernacular references and carefully-selected materials to give character and individuality to the scheme. The design for Horsted Park takes its spatial cue from traditional Kent farmsteads to produce a series of squares and courtyards that provide shelter, open spaces for residents and a comfortable, domestic environment. To create a high quality scheme careful consideration has been given to the detailed design of individual units, for example in the use of projecting brickwork panels, whose patterns mirror historic brick bonding in nearby Rochester. The bricks protrude by 100mm in a chequerboard pattern, giving each property a visual emphasis and a sense of rhythm as the motif is repeated across the development.

  • Andrew Matthews, director, Proctor and Matthews

Project data

Start on site: September 2011
Completion: March 2012 (show homes)
Gross internal floor area: 13,445m2
Plot 1: 151.70m2
Plot 2: 112.40m2
Plot 3: 83.40m2
Plot 4: 112.50m2
Form of contract: Bespoke package contract (direct subcontractor packages managed by Countryside in-house project team)
Total cost: £14.8million
Cost per m²: £1,105
Client: Countryside Properties
Structural engineer: Waterman Group
Quantity surveyor: Countryside Properties
Landscape: Countryside Properties
Project manager: Countryside Properties
CDM co-ordinator: Countryside Properties
Approved building inspector: Butler and Young Group
Main contractor: Houlihans & Sons
CAD software used: Auto Station
Annual CO2 emissions: Plot 1 (detached): 14.90kg/m2
Plot 2 (detatched): 19.10kg/m2
Plot 3 (semi-detatched): 19.38kg/m2
Plot 4 (semi-detatched): 17.25kg/m2


Specified products

Facing bricks

Hanson Chelsea Smoked Red brick on Hanson Wonderwall


Plain concrete roof tiles

Marley Eternit Mosborough Red


Slip bricks at entrances

Hanson Moroccan smooth


Insulation over and between joists

200mm SuperGlass Mulit-Roll 44


External wall insulation

140mm full-fill Timber and Rafter Batt insulation


Suspended ground floor beams

Heidelberger Hanson Jetfl­oor


Ground floor spacer edge blocks

Hanson Thermalite


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