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Client: Navyard

Project: Former shipyard regeneration, creating 400+ contemporary residential units, public space, transportation access and flood prevention.

Cost: £100M

RIBA Project Stages: 0-3

Masterplanning for the redevelopment of Navyard as an extension of the Old Town of Harwich, an area of architectural heritage.  Former shipyard regeneration creating 400+ contemporary residential units, a hotel, retail units, new sailing club facilities, public space, transportation access and improving current flood defences.

The opportunity

Having outgrown their existing headquarters at Navyard in Harwich, Mann Lines are looking to transform the site from industrial to a mixed use that will be open to the public and create a new residential community. The potential development would improve links with the highly regarded Harwich Conservation Area. In addition, the reduction in service traffic and capitalisation on existing sea and road connectivity would improve employment opportunities and enhance the public space for local residents.

The challenge

To regenerate the existing town centre by creating a new town quarter, incorporating contemporary homes, high quality public space, a seaside promenade connecting the Quay to the Coastal Path, market square, urban park and increased car parking. Maximise sea views while improving flood defences.

The outcome

The design recommends that terraced ‘dual aspect’ homes, apartments with semi-private spaces would be set in ‘green streets’ with hard and soft landscaping. ‘Safe’ public open space, a children’s play space, a pedestrianised promenade would form part of the flood defence but at sufficient height to secure sea views.

“I am delighted to be working with a team with extensive experience in complex water-edge design and delivery. Along with the rest of the design team, Total Project Integration have assisted us in developing a proposal which we believe will engage the local community.”

Bill Binks

Chief Executive Officer, Mann Lines

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