Azure at St Mary’s Island
Countryside and Homes England
Born from a shared vision between the partners, the aspiration for St Mary’s Island sought to provide much needed investment to the Chatham Maritime area and provide a range of high-quality homes. Throughout the regeneration of St Mary’s Island the partners have effectively combined their skills, knowledge and expertise to improve, design and effectively deliver a scheme that positively contributes to the local area and community: Countryside, with its reputation for placemaking and creating places people love, and Homes England, renowned for its business and community building skills – a clever, mutually-beneficial partnership which has since established a successful, thriving neighbourhood. In this way, collaboration between the parties ensured effectiveness of the design and delivery of this innovative scheme. A key aim for the partnership was to address the local housing need. 13.6% of homes on St Mary’s Island are affordable which, alongside 62 units as part of an Extracare Facility, contributes to the housing accessibility and availability for residents of Kent. The project also provides a plethora of convenient amenities, including shops, schools, a hairdresser, a GP surgery and pharmacy.