FrancisKnight’s relationship with Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and The Hyde Group began earlier in September 2016. FrancisKnight were part of the winning team to be awarded the Rochester Riverside scheme and have since produced a public art strategy as part of the planning submission.
The development will consist of up to 1,400 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing and will transform the 74 acre (30 hectare) site, which adjoins Rochester’s historic town centre and the new railway station. The scheme has an anticipated gross development value of over £400million and will provide a new primary school, nursery, hotel, bar and restaurant, gym, healthcare facilities, office space and a number of retail units, together with 10 acres of open space including a 2.5km riverside walk.
The public art strategy adds value as well as contributes to the unique indentity of Rochester Riverside. Commissions will range from permanent and temporary artworks that act as focal points and landmarks, functional artworks such as seating or wayfinding to temporary initiatives that engage the community.
We continue to work as public art consultants for this significant site with the first of the artist commissions. These public art commissions are currently underway for Phase 1 & 2 of the development site, with each artist working closely with the design team to fully integrate and embed public art works.
Artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi has been appointed to work with landscape architects LUC on a landcape and furniture commission. The commission looks at contributing and exploring alternative use of scheme elements from hard landscaping to street furniture.
Architects bptw are collaborating with artist Chris Tipping on an architectural commission where public art will support distinct and connected neighbourhoods. The artwork has the potential to influence style and design and create a Rochester identity.