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Working with the local planning authority, the project team secured the formal designation / allocation of the site as part of the local plan policy framework for its principal regeneration. The scheme has succeeded following extensive consultation with the Isle of Wight council, the local community and a wide array of different stakeholders.
Representing a significant regeneration project for the Isle of Wight, the proposals included the comprehensive redevelopment of a former marine industrial site of five hectares. The development will provide 535 residential units, a new modern marine industrial cluster for existing and future marine-related operators, new commercial workspaces and a mixture of shops and restaurants with community and public uses.
The Medina Yard site occupies a prominent river frontage along the River Medina and is a short distance from Cowes Town Centre. The site has had a long maritime history but fell into decline during the late twentieth century. It is dominated by the historic Grade II listed Hammerhead Crane which remains the only example of its type in England. In partnership with Historic England and the Isle of Wight Council the design ensures the crane remains the centre piece of the development, paying homage to the former boat building industry on the island.
As well as the significant levels of new housing, modern marine industrial zone and the restoration of the Hammerhead Crane, Medina Yard will also deliver substantive community benefits. These include a new square, accessible riverside walkway, increased permeability and connectivity to the surrounding area, heritage boat museum, marine training facility and accessible slipway for access onto the Medina River.
Contact: Jon Roshier, Rupert Litherland.
Client: The Harrison Trust
LPA: Isle of Wight Council