Ash Sakula were appointed by Ashford Borough Council to carry out a study to design a preferred development approach to a complex site just south of Ashford’s Lower High Street. The site is currently occupied by a former Odeon cinema, now a bingo hall, a large shoppers' car park and a former burial ground, now a public green space.
The relocation of the car park and imminent closure of the bingo hall has created an opportunity to bring new homes into the town centre, to restore the dominance of the adjacent St Mary's Church tower, to form a new, more direct pedestrian route from station to town centre, and to create a new public square, bringing new life and commercial opportunities to a high street under threat from online and edge-of-town retail.
We developed a proposal to create 61 new homes with residents parking, a new public square and exciting, buzzy events space, commercial and retail opportunities and a multi-purpose indoor performance space seating 120.
Client: Ashford Borough Council
Project start: 2018