A multi-award winning architect responsible for some of the most innovative and ground-breaking projects in London has been engaged by Ashford Borough Council to help deliver an exciting urban design scheme in the heart of the town.
Carl Turner Architects will create a vision to breathe new life into a cluster of disused industrial buildings in Dover Place, close to the international train station. Their previous projects have included Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels which have both had positive impacts on their local economies through the creation of jobs and visitor spending.
The plan will transform the site into a mixed-use campus called The Coachworks, providing a co-working space aimed at start-up businesses, flexible indoor and outdoor event space and a food and drink destination showcasing local producers and suppliers.
Subject to planning approval being granted by Ashford Borough Council, The Coachworks could be open as early as next summer and will comprise three distinct spaces:
The former Ashford Youth Theatre building will be transformed into a feast of food and drinks outlets, with events space added.
The three-storey corn store will be converted into a ‘business incubator’ with start-up work spaces and shared facilities and will be able to host up to 200 people.
Sandwiched between the two buildings is a large open air space that will be subdivided to create two zones, a loggia or covered structure providing a grand entrance to the site and acting as a series of sheltered outdoor rooms, plus an open-air space. This would be ideal for events such as theatre, cinema and live sports screenings in the summer months.
The plan for The Coachworks is termed a ‘meanwhile’ development. This is the interim use of land or buildings for which the long-term plan is yet to be decided. It’s anticipated that the Dover Place scheme will have a five year lifespan.
For more information visit www.coach-works.co.uk
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