Rochester Riverside is an award winning, medium density, mixed use neighbourhood leading the regeneration of Medway’s dockyards. In this half-day study tour, the local authority, developer and design team will present the story of the place and lead a guided tour of the development. Attendees will learn about the best practice planning process and design approach that has led to this beautiful new neighbourhood, which was named Housing Design Awards Winner of Winners in 2020.

This study tour will bring together Kent Design members and non-members together to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration across the counties. The tour will last a half day and is accessible by train to Rochester Station, or car. 


  • Gain an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the client and design team.
  • Recognise best practice in housing design and masterplanning.
  • Understand how the local authority led the planning process to deliver a high quality outcome.


Dave Harris – Head of Planning, Medway Council

Bob Allies – Partner, Hendrik Heyns – Partner,  & Alistair MacDonald – Director, Allies & Morrison

Chris Bath – Partner, Scott Adams, Director Urban Design, & Caroline Dommett, Associate, BPTW

The Study Tour will include:

  • a tour of an exemplary development
  • guest speaker talks
  • Q&A / discussions and lessons learned
  • a members only online resource library

Key details:

  • Date: Thursday 6th October 2022
  • Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm (Arrival from 9.30)
  • Location: Corn Exchange, Rochester

What’s included: Tour guides/guest speakers, supporting materials & refreshments.

Not included: Public transport to/from Rochester (or any other route or means of travel). Parking fees/charges (for those who prefer to drive to Rochester or a connecting railway station, car park/parking meter near the site). Lunch is also not included – there is a great selection of local cafes and outlets nearby.

Booking details

Kent Design members:

3 places for each member organisation (£85.50+VAT per additional place).
For a members free booking code please check with your Key Contact or email us at:

Book online here! 

There are a limited number of places available for non-members. Places are priced at £95.00 pp + VAT. 

Book online here! 

Getting to The Rochester Corn Exchange

By rail: Rochester Train Station is a short walk away with high-speed links to London and across Kent.

By car: it is a 50-minute drive from London and has direct links to the coast and Europe via the M2, M20 and Eurotunnel. There is a choice of pay and display car parks a short walk away.

By bus: 191, 140, 173 and 700 bus services.

Accommodation: There is a choice of hotels located nearby.