Azure on St Mary's Island Celebrates it's 26th Anniversary


Azure on St Mary’s Island celebrates its 26th anniversary with the final phase of new homes

After 26 years, Azure, the major redevelopment project on St Mary’s Island, Kent, is ushering in its final chapter. The recent launch of “The Final Docking”, the final phase of new homes at the development, is not only the last chance for buyers to purchase a new home on the island but marks a 26-year journey that has seen the complete transformation of this impressive site.

St Mary's Island is Britain’s only planned new island community and is a development of national and regional significance. Located on the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard, St Mary's Island has been transformed by Countryside in partnership with Homes England to create a new mixed-tenure community of some 1,700 new homes across 150 acres.

The vision for the project encompassed a new neighbourhood that would not only comprise of an exclusive collection of family homes, but a plethora of amenities. So, as well as new homes, Azure features shops, a school and other community facilities, including public open spaces and a world class marina.

But before work could begin work on this new waterside neighbourhood, extensive remedial works were carried out to make the site habitable. This left the land flat and virtually featureless. Countryside undertook considerable landscaping which has vastly improved the appearance of the development, giving it extra character.

During its inception and later, its development, significant consideration had been given to preserving the Island and the Dockyard’s heritage, both of which have helped to shape the unique character of the scheme. This has included the conversion of dock buildings into attractive new homes and 'live and work' units. The creation of a wide sweep of parkland running across the Island also contributes to its character, bio-diversity and wildlife.

This final phase, The Final Docking, comprises of one, two and three -bedroom apartments and three, four and five-bedroom houses and offers buyers a fresh opportunity to become part of this flourishing community. Now a sought-after address on the Island and beyond, Azure was ahead of its time and has since become a benchmark for successful place-making.

Danny Wood, Managing Director, Southern Home Counties, Countryside, said: “Azure has been a remarkable journey and is a great example of how disused brownfield land can be transformed into a thriving neighbourhood. Now home to hundreds of residents and complete with new amenities and world class marina, it is hard to imagine how the site looked 26 years ago.

“We have taken considerable time, effort and an enormous amount of attention to detail to create homes and an environment that reflects its unique character and identity, while delivering exceptional homes and facilities. This extraordinary scheme is a triumph and is testament to our commitment to build places people love.”