New vibrant public realm
A new vaulted rooftop structure on Mountbatten House will transform and disrupt the flat roofline of the building and provide public amenity in the form of a double-height events space that offers fantastic views of the town centre, historic landmarks and long views across the Medway.
The removal of long access ramps to a disused bus station will allow an enhanced public realm to sweep into a new town plaza designed to act as a forecourt to the Brook Theatre and as a new threshold to the Pentagon retail centre. Active frontages in the form of cafés, restaurants, market stalls and pop-up shops will create new opportunities for the commercial, social and cultural dynamic of the town centre.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with C.F. Møller on this fantastic design project. We really enjoyed working on the competition together in 2019, and developing our winning design over the past year has revealed a wonderful shared approach and synergy between the directors and architects in our united firms. We are lucky to have a very enlightened client, and we look forward now to the detailed design period and the construction” says John Lyall, Director at Lyall Bills & Young Architects.
The energy performance of the existing building will be greatly improved by introducing high performance thermal insulation within the retained building fabric combined with a communal air source heat pump system to supply space heating and domestic hot water. The utilising of the building fabric, passive measures and natural ventilation will avoid active cooling and minimise carbon emissions. Rather than demolishing a redundant building and creating waste material, the adaptive re-use of the Mountbatten House’s structure, cladding and embodied energy, the innovative re-use of its internal spaces and the provision of a variety of new external amenities allow the repurposing of the building to serve future needs.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022. The overall construction cost is about £30 million.
Location: Town Centre, Chatham, Kent
Local Authority: Medway Council
Client: Medway Development Company
Architects: Lyall Bills & Young and C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Planning Consultant: DHA Planning
Structural Engineer: BDP
M&E Consultants: MLM / SWECO
QS: Medway Development Company
CDM: Lyall Bills & Young
Press Release Medway Council