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Union House 1889 Pantiles – Tunbridge Wells

Location: Tunbridge Wells
Client: Dandara
Sector: Assess Promote Shape
Scope: Communities Regeneration

Working on behalf of Dandara Ltd, Define were appointed to provide landscape architecture services in this prestigious and historic location in Tunbridge Wells. The existing site consists of a 1960’s building (Union House) that had a reputation as a local eyesore and was surrounded by a streetscape uncharacteristic of ‘The Pantiles’ Conservation Area.

The new proposals look to redevelop the building into a mix of apartments with a vibrant ground floor including restaurants and shops, all looking out onto a new public square. The public square seeks to downgrade the existing road into a shared surface whilst locating an all important new focal point and destination at the end of the Pantiles. During the process, Define worked closely with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and a local consultee Water in the Wells, in order to deliver a public realm design that contained sympathetic materials and detailing relevant to the local vernacular and history of the site.

Working alongside architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Define helped solve this long-standing jigsaw puzzle and were able to submit a full detailed planning application which received consent in Spring 2017. The project is due for completion in 2020.