A new Garden City is taking shape in Ebbsfleet in Kent, based around principles of generous landscaping, sustainable infrastructure, connection to nature and including some 15,000 new homes for 33,000 residents.
Ebbsfleet Green housing development, being delivered by Redrow Homes, is a key feature of the city masterplan and Regent Village is its latest phase. Located to the north west of the site, the scheme features 133 refined Georgian-inspired dwellings, including 63 flats, 38 semi-detached houses and 32 terraced houses.
Regent Village is located away from existing developments,, however a new arterial spine road and the previous phase 3 development form key boundary considerations that impacted on the form and appearance of the properties.
The three-storey L-shaped apartment blocks are strategically located to reinforce the line of the spine road, with its formal boulevard concept and landscaping. The two-storey houses with characterful frontages and a distinct sense of grandeur are adapted from Redrow’s ‘Regent’ range, which evokes classic Georgian-style architecture of the Regency period.
The masterplan is divided into different character areas and variations in use, density, built form and materials add variety and interest.
Materials used in Regent Village change between dwellings, and even between similar house types, to inject depth and texture to the street scene. The materials palette includes buff facing bricks (Ibstock’s Leicester Yellow Multi), ashlar render, used to imitate stonework, stone-effect feature bands, and concrete plain tiled roofs.
“Irina Hughes, Design Advisor at Ibstock Brick, said: “The drive towards sustainability informed an energy efficient design and construction strategy. The homes incorporate a range of eco-friendly and fabric first features selected from the Building Research Establishment’s Green Guide to Housing Specifications. The majority of materials achieve an A+ rating in the Guide and will have the lowest possible ecological impact over their projected lifetime.”
“The bricks selected had a natural aesthetic appeal and complemented the wider vernacular
of the region – giving the homes a timeless, yet eye-catching, finish.”