Dockside Retail Centre, Chatham.


Project Description

Building on his successful masterplan, Studio Director John Muir was retained by Dockside Developments as architect for converting the most important of a number of derelict listed buildings on the site to use as a retail centre. This is the Grade II* Boiler Shop, a magnificent Victorian iron-framed structure deteriorating since closure of the vast naval dockyards in 1984, which in 2003 began a new life as the Dockside Outlet Centre.

Within the building frame an independent structure has been created that accommodates some 85 retail units on two storeys, a food court and a restaurant in a £25 million programme of work.

The Boiler Shop’s iron frame was re-clad with a sinusoidal mill-finished aluminium sheet that echoes the original cladding. The clerestory, ridge and gable glazing were restored to maintain the original rhythm of the glazing bars.
The existing structure was also extended at each end to accommodate the food court and restaurant uses. The western extension takes the form of a curved barrel roof. The eastern extension is an imposing membrane structure with echoes of the adjoining marina.

As a result of the practice’s good relationships with SEEDA and English Heritage, it was then commissioned on another major attraction intended for Chatham Maritime, this time themed on the life and work of Charles Dickens.

Project Details

Client    Dockside Developments with SEEDA
Construction value    £20M
Contractor    Galliford Try
Tags    Regeneration, Retail
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