May 15, 2018

Churchill Quarter in for planning

We are delighted to announce that our proposal for Churchill Quarter has been submitted to the London Borough of Bromley for planning approval.

This is Stitch’s first major town centre mixed use project and after a year of extensive stakeholder engagement we have reached a proposal that is responsive, local and distinctly Bromley.

Churchill Quarter will be loved for the pedestrian experience it offers, linking the high street with the large open space of Church House Gardens, and creating a cultural hub around the Churchill Theatre and library. This high density scheme adjacent to a conservation area and cherished public open space, delivers 410 homes as well as providing a new home for Bromley Town Church, ground floor work and maker spaces opening onto a lush pedestrian promenade, and shops and restaurants framing a new public square.

The design ethos underpinning the project is to be responsive to the local character of the town centre. How do we make this new place unique and distinctive to Bromley? Churchill Quarter makes 3 important design moves to get this right: Firstly we integrated the scheme into the local movement network and gave all the open space over to public use. Secondly we made sure the pedestrian experience and landscape quality lead the design. Thirdly we crafted the buildings to reflect the richness and variety of pattern and texture in the town centre. Most important has been the process. We have consulted with and listened to locals, making changes all along the way. Every time we have gone back to the drawing board the scheme has improved. This project is an exemplar of stakeholder engagement not just to tick the boxes but to generate a scheme that is truly responsive and local.

Stitch was responsible for the bid winning proposals leading to Countryside’s selection as Bromley’s development partner to deliver this important new phase of Opportunity Site G in the town centre AAP. We have had the role of masterplanner, architect and lead consultant to deliver the detailed planning application for Countryside Properties working with a great team including LUC, Montagu Evans, Cascade, Mendick Waring, Brand Consulting and GL Hearn. Stitch is also preparing a wider masterplan for the whole of Opportunity Site G for Bromley Council as a parallel piece of work.

Churchill Quarter marks a step change in development for Bromley town centre and sets a quality benchmark for further regeneration within Bromley. The proposal has been submitted for a detailed planning application with a decision expected in autumn 2018.