Countryside has been selected to deliver a development comprising of both residential and commercial elements, including 384 new, high-quality homes across 8 apartment blocks in Bromley town centre. Designed by Stitch Architects, Churchill Gardens will be adjacent to the existing Church House Gardens, as well as being in the heart of the town centre.
The proposal, formerly known as Site G, will be multi-storey, is subject to planning, with the heights to be determined but varying across the scheme area. The accommodation mix will include: 250 private sale homes, 81 affordable rent homes, and 53 shared ownership homes. The heat and hot water for the development will supplied by a Combined Heat and Power system located within the basement.
A key aspiration of the Development Brief was to create at least 990 square metres (10,650 sq ft) of new commercial space that will offer a range of bars and restaurants opposite The Churchill Theatre and Library Gardens. The commercial space will be located along the ground floor frontages facing the new Plaza and Square in front of the Theatre, in an attempt to increase dwell times and activation to this area. The entrance to the Plaza from the High Street will be widened and a new glazed corner unit will draw activity in from the High Street, improving this already popular asset within Bromley Town Centre. The new Plaza will become a prominent destination for new and existing residents.
In addition, to the commercial space there will be new, enhanced community facilities including a new replacement town church, totalling over 730 square metres (7850 sq ft). The community space will be located on the ground floor with active frontages to Ethelbert Road, Churchill Way and the new promenade.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council, said:
“This is a key site in our town centre and we are pleased to have appointed Countryside to deliver a long lasting legacy at Churchill Gardens, Bromley. We wanted to create a high quality scheme which supports growth in Bromley is what we want to see and Countryside’s experience of large scale regeneration schemes, place-making and high quality design will be help to create a vibrant hub for both new and existing residents.”
Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Partnerships at Countryside, said:
“We believe that this scheme will offer an exceptional opportunity to maximise full potential of the location and transform the area. In partnership with Bromley Council we will create an exciting housing offer and deliver new, high-quality commercial and community destinations in Bromley.”
As the scheme is brought forward, Countryside will be working with the London Borough of Bromley to closely consult with local communities, keeping them well informed both before and as part of the planning process.