Work starts on £12m new-build residential scheme in Kent

Developer Investin PLC has started construction work on a new-build development in Ashford, Kent. Designed by Holder Mathias Architects, the ‘Vista’ residential scheme will be built on either side of the former Charter House, completing the 352-unit residential mixed-use development and transforming unused areas of the site into contemporary apartments.

The scheme will comprise two buildings of four and six storeys, and include 109 one and two bedroom apartments. Communal roof gardens will be provided for the residents and most of the flats will include a private balcony, terrace or ground level garden. All flats will be finished to high-quality specification and feature contemporary fixtures and fittings.

Holder Mathias’s concept responded to a complex project brief to maximise available space on a constrained island site, achieving large scale development while reacting sensitively to the height and scale of the surrounding buildings. The design was subsequently adapted to integrate Ashford Borough Council Residential Space Standards without detriment.

 In preparing for construction, innovations in modern methods of construction and off-site manufacture proposed by the contractor and their consultants have been investigated and adopted to provide for thermal efficiency and a simpler, faster construction programme.

Chris Hall, Director at Holder Mathias, said:

“The Vista development will transform an underutilised central site to provide quality homes for the area. The apartments are modern and designed to a high specification, with most residents benefitting from private outside space and all benefitting from communal roof gardens. The development also benefits from an on-site gym and flexible office space, which along with its close proximity to the town centre and strong commuter links to London, should prove a popular location.”

Construction has already started on site with completion expected January 2019. A marketing suite will be launched in November 2017.