Combining constraints into cohesive masterplan
The Ebbsfleet area is filled with constraints that make creating a cohesive and long-term masterplan a challenge. The existing conditions including the changes in levels, protected environmental areas, possible land contamination, and the potential future changes such as the new London Resort link road, and HS1 car parking reprovision all need to be addressed in a coherent manner.
The complexities of the site required a collaborative working approach with our team of engineering and environmental specialists and with the wider group of stakeholders, local communities and local authority.
Looking across the Ebbsfleet Central area as a whole we identified key spatial priority areas, strategic links and enabling projects which are essential to a successful development. We organised the masterplan into 3 areas: Northfleet Rise, the station garden, and the City Park, all contributing to the Garden City landscape. Each area was developed through continued interaction with the overall masterplan principles ensuring the appropriate character, typologies and infrastructure were built in at both a micro and macro scale.
Working closely with our client we delivered an exemplar, holistic approach to whole life sustainable development, supporting the transition to a low carbon future through a masterplan which is resilient and adaptable to change. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s goal was to deliver a landscape led development facilitating a fully integrated high-quality environment, enhancing and embracing the opportunities afforded by the landscape, biodiversity, and heritage. Working alongside landscape and ecology consultants we developed a masterplan with a clear landscape strategy, incorporating sustainable urban drainage, playgrounds and a 10% biodiversity net gain. The masterplan has quality of life and sustainable place-making principles at its core.