GRID was appointed by Essential Land and Delancey to masterplan the 40 acre former Glaxo Smith Kline works in Dartford, Kent. The complex and steeply sloping site and the housing density promoted by the local authority was always going to be a challenge working within commercial confines and the requirements of the Kent Design Guide.
The area forms a key part of Dartford Council’s aspirations for the regeneration of land to the north of the railway station and town centre with around 1000 homes, most of which are houses. The masterplan proposes a series of neighbourhoods, with their own central green space and a hierarchy of movement between neighbourhoods of streets, lanes and greenways. The Mill Pond site, overlooking the river Dart, contains all commercial uses and higher flatted blocks, and on the other higher end sits a large public park.
Planning consent was granted in 2011 and the site is now cleared of GSK’s redundant manufacturing buildings. Work has commenced on the spine road which is the mid-site through route which accommodates the fast track rapid bus system.