Define have been designing a terraced landscape park in the north of Alkerden, the central village in the Eastern Quarry in Ebbsfleet as part of our role as landscape architects for the whole site. Due to the dramatic levels in the site, the park is 12m below the surrounding housing development to the east and protects Alkerden Barn, a former Kentish Manor House and important local building that has fallen into disrepair. The proposals seek to restore the old building into a local community asset. In doing this, a new cluster of small contemporary buildings will be developed that provide a variety of dynamic pop up style uses.
The proposals will include old silos and convert them into bat houses or swallow lofts, new allotments, extensive play equipment integrated into the slopes, a new wildlife pond, management of existing woodland that will be enhanced and protected and an important area for meadow habitat running along the northern boundary.
Working closely with the landowner Henley Camland, Define produced the material for the public consultation in December 2019. The consultation was organised with the spirit of interactive co-design whereby the local communities of neighbouring Swanscombe and Greenhythe were invited to share memories of the old farm, and talk about facilities they would like to see in the emerging designs. A detailed planning application will be submitted in 2020 with a start on the site targeted for 2021.