Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet Valley, Thameside, UK

Castle Hill is the first of three 'villages' to be built in the Eastern Quarry 2, which is part of a much greater development initiative known as the Kent Thameside Development Corridor, and forms an essential part of the UK Governments Thames Gateway Strategy. The new international and domestic station at Ebbfleet will create unrivalled connections to Europe and London.

Our vision for Castle Hill is to create a European quarter celebrating 21st Century lifestyles. Like the historic destinations we all enjoy visiting, Castle Hill will exploit the topography to create a contemporary ‘hill town’. This will have a hierarchy of spaces delivering distinct characters from public squares and waterfront promenades to more intimate domestic places; mews, courts and lanes.

 

The topography is unique to Castle Hill and throughout the plan it was employed to give ‘threshold drama’ in the public realm, to deliver unique typologies to maximise the spectacular views, to improve environmental opportunities, to hide car parking, and in the built form to amplify the ‘hill town’ qualities. A rich mix of dwelling types -  courtyard houses, mews dwellings, super villas and family maisonettes - supports this strategy.

 

Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet, UK

 

Client

Land Securities

Programme

1200 residential units

Site

27.5 ha

Design team

S333, Proctor & Matthews Architects and Space Craft Architects