Quinn Estates wins approval for regeneration vision at Bardell Wharf, Rochester

Quinn Estates, one of the South East’s foremost mixed-use developers, has welcomed last night’s decision (24/7) by Medway Council’s planning committee to approve its planning application for Bardell Wharf, Rochester.

This complex but transformative mixed-use scheme is a key part of the jigsaw for the ongoing regeneration of the area, taking inspiration from Rochester’s unique heritage to deliver what will be a landmark development for the town.

Quinn Estates has worked closely with Medway Council, Historic England and Design South East over many months to develop revised proposals, in response to a desire to reduce the overall scale of the development.

As a result of extensive public and statutory consultation the proposed warehouse style tower will no longer form part of the scheme, with the residential component adapted so that building scale increases towards the railway line but is reduced towards the High Street and neighbouring listed buildings.

Bardell Wharf will deliver 121 one-bed and 210 two-bed apartments, enjoying stunning views of the river and along the rooftops of the historic High Street to Rochester Cathedral.  Of the 331 residential units, 223 will have their own private terraces. Thirty-five apartments will support affordable housing needs in Medway.

Located less than 350 metres from Rochester train station, sustainability runs throughout the scheme with a number of steps taken to reduce reliance on the car as the primary mode of transport for its future residents, including provision of cycle spaces and an innovative car club scheme.  There will also be significantly improved public realm and a new pedestrian crossing over Corporation Street.

Bardell Wharf, developed in partnership with Classicus Estates, will also deliver over 20,000 sq. ft of retail, professional services, food and new leisure space. This new commercial quarter will be complementary to the existing town centre offer, acting as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration.

Mark Quinn, CEO and Chairman, Quinn Estates, said: “We’re delighted that Medway Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead to our proposals for this gateway town centre scheme.

“We’re looking forward to working with the local authority in delivering its regeneration vision for Rochester. It’s an area that is already enjoying massive investment and it’s great to be part of that story. We’re excited to be able to take these plans forward with their support.”

“It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, but the end result will be a landmark scheme that will not only fully support the council’s wider objectives for Rochester town centre but act as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration.