The Rochester Riverside Development forms part of Medway Council’s vision for strategic regeneration in the area surrounding the new HS1 Rochester Station. The mixed-use development comprises 1,400 residential units, hotel, retail floor space, primary school and nursery and will complete a riverside walk, all of which will bring the vacant brownfield site to life. Following planning consent in October 2017, a ground-breaking event took place in February 2018 and the piling on Phase 1 has now been completed. The marketing suite will be open in October 2018 and the first handovers are due in Spring 2019.
Norman Rourke Pryme provided traffic engineering, traffic modelling and highway design services to support Markides Associates with the Transport Assessment for the project, on behalf for Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and The Hyde Group. The site is located next to the busy A2 corridor through Rochester, with established bus and taxi priority facilities and emerging strategies for changes to the town centre traffic management arrangement and other key development sites across the region to consider and incorporate. This was a challenging project yet, working with officers at Medway, we used a range of traffic modelling techniques to demonstrate how the potential impacts of the development could be mitigated successfully and sustainably. Further work has included developing improved pedestrian facilities along the corridor.