Housing Design Awards 2020

RR Housing Design Awards

Phase 1B of Rochester Riverside, the flagship regeneration scheme in Medway being delivered by Countryside and Hyde, has been shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards in the ‘Completed’ category.

Launched by the government in 1948 to drive quality during the rebuild of post-war Britain, the Housing Design Awards champion skill and innovation in housebuilding and planning.

Designed by architects BPTW, Phase 1B at Rochester Riverside provides 131 homes as part of an outline masterplan which, when complete, will provide over 1,400 homes and 8,000 sq m of commercial space.

Rochester Riverside celebrates high-quality public space, while also incorporating the site’s natural heritage across the scheme, to allow the riverside biodiversity to thrive. A previously derelict brownfield site, when complete Rochester Riverside will feature 10 acres of landscaped and green open space such as play areas and parks, whilst the new 2.5 km public riverside walkway will open up a key part of the riverside for the first time, re-activating the riverfront for the whole community.

Testament to the extensive consultation undertaken on the project, the scheme was influenced by the local architecture, creating a new urban quarter that echoes Rochester’s rich townscape.

The Housing Design Awards operate as a cross-industry partnership between various arms of government, the private sector and all five major professional institutions - RICS, RIBA, RPTI, Landscape Institute and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. 

With more Housing Design Awards than any other housebuilder, Countryside has a reputation for high-quality design and innovation, and this shortlisting reflects our commitment to building on this reputation. We look forward to the awards ceremony later this year.