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Competition: Varne holiday homes, Kent

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Shepway District Council is seeking an architect for a £1.4 million holiday home development in Greatstone, Kent

The winner of the £50,000-to-£75,000 contract will deliver four new holiday rental units on a previously developed 0.22ha plot known as the Varne.

The 984m² project will transform a disused waterfront site in the centre of the village overlooking the Varne Boat Club, a lifeboat station and the sea. Canterbury-based On Architecture has already won outline planning for the development.

According to the brief: ‘The land is undeveloped open space and is in a location preferred for residential development. The site generally has sea views which are partially obscured to the east by the existing lifeboat station sitting to the rear of the proposal.

‘We are looking for a modern design appropriate for today’s expectations for holiday accommodation, making the dwellings an interesting location to stay. The completed development is to be fully furnished in readiness for passing over to a holiday rental management specialist. Due to the use of the dwellings, a high-standard robust design is required which will include both external materials and internal materials for such a purpose.’

Greatstone, also known as Greatstone-on-sea, is a seaside settlement around 4.5km north of Dungeness on the Romney Marsh. The majority of buildings within the village, including a school and church, were constructed in the early and mid-20th century.

Nearby landmarks include the iconic Denge sound mirrors, which were constructed during the 1920s and 1930s to detect incoming aircraft over the English Channel. Dungeness meanwhile features several architect-designed dwellings including a holiday-let by NORD as well as the former house and garden of the late filmmaker Derek Jarman.

The latest project aims to create four new furnished holiday homes on a waterfront site in the centre of Greatstone, planned to complete in 2019 and be retained by the district council.

The deadline for applications is 16 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ade Agboola
Shepway District Council
Civic Centre
CT20 2QY

Tel: +44 1303853377
Email: ade.agboola@shepway.gov.uk

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  • John Kellett

    Why are On Architecture continuing with the project? Having gone through the learning curve to achieve a planning permission they are best place to continue. This 'competition' reads like a local authority excuse to achieve lowest price not highest value.

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