We are thrilled that our Dover Midtown proposal has won the RIBA Journal Future High Streets competition! The competition was established to seek ideas on re-imagining the high street for the future. And, how to tackle the myriad of issues facing high streets across the country: loss of footfall, less of a dependency on retail space, competition from the internet, changing shopping habits brought on by a slow economy and the need to address the climate emergency.
Using the Midtown area of Dover, our proposal sought to create a network of interlocking public buildings and spaces - linked by green walking and cycling routes, and punctuated with ‘anchor’ activities: a community art gallery, a flexible workspace building, a reinvigorated town hall and a civic centre.
A key element was the naturalising of the river Dour, once an important route from the coast, now a somewhat hidden and undervalued asset. The naturalised river sits at the centre of a new park which provides much needed ecological value to the town centre, whilst freeing up land in the flood plain for residential development.
See the RIBAJ article here.