Looking to the past for the future
  • 07 05 2016

Looking to the past for the future

Source: Steve Loader

Peters Village will be a landmark community in so many ways.

Apart from premium homes and facilities, thoroughly modern community facilities and a 360-degree communications network, it will also have a powerful historical theme to its public art and road names.

Rather than deny its industrial past as the site of the former Peters Lime and Cement Works and its quarries – the latter allowing interesting elevations to the various housing phases – Trenport and the local community has been keen to promote its heritage and the resonance with family members who worked there.

The names of the works’ Thames Barge fleet – some 80 vessels strong at its peak – have been tapped for some street names, for instance.

One of the rail wagons that would have served many of the cement works on this stretch of the Medway has also been rescued and restored and will be given a prominent site on the new development.

cement cart wreckPICTURES: Before and after - the wreck of the wagon as found and (top of page) after restoration

Trenport has commissioned an imaginative public art programme too, endorsing the premium look of Peters Village, which will include a showpiece at the southern gateway to the site.

Trenport’s Managing Director Tony Parson explained: “It is important that Peters Village stands out as a place where housebuilders want to build houses and their customers want to move to. Also, by developing an overall quality theme, we are persuading the housing developers to ‘stick to the plan’ – it’s in everyone’s interest to have a clear, cohesive and attractive scheme.”  

Art consultant Samantha Twomey of Art Projects Management Ltd. was asked to mastermind the art element at Peters Village and said: “It was an imaginative decision by Trenport to take this course – aided and abetted by local opinion – and it has been an exciting brief for me, allowing new ground to be broken in choice of materials and design.

“The project should underline and further develop the view that industrial heritage is to be valued and, importantly, help steer future housing and community developments away from the twee and trite themes that so often blighted older developments.”