Spirit of Sittingbourne, Kent
The development is a £100 million Public Private Partnership between U+I Group, Swale Borough Council, Quinn Estates and Essential Land. U + I Group transform areas of towns and cities into thriving communities and neighbourhoods, with a portfolio of mixed-use regeneration projects within London, the south-east, Manchester and Dublin.
The Spirit of Sittingbourne scheme involves remodelling the town centre and introducing of a new highway arrangement outside the railway station, to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment without restricting traffic flow.
There will also be a leisure quarter with new public realm providing a link between the High Street and the mainline train station, a 7-screen cinema and 7 new restaurants (28,300 sq. ft), bringing an estimated 400,000 additional visitors a year to the town.
The plans also include 215 town centre homes, a new multi–story car park and a retail site. Overall the it will deliver a £250 million investment into Sittingbourne in its first 10 years and create 1,100 jobs in the area across phases 1 and 2.
Planning permission for phase 1 was granted on Monday 16th March 2015 by Swale Borough Council and construction began in April 2016.
As part of U+I’s place-making activity, they brought an empty shop on Sittingbourne High Street back to life in October 2015. No. 34 is now a flexible workspace for local business start-ups, which is run by the team at Ideas Test with funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council. No. 34 provides flexible workspace aimed at supporting local business start-ups and runs a programme of digital and business skills support for emerging creative businesses.
- Development partners: Swale Borough Council, Quinn Estates, Essential Land
- Date acquired: Nov 2011
- Value: £100m
- Architect: Guy Hollaway Architects, The Harris Partnership
--U and I
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki:
- Algarve House, Southwark.
- Articles by U and I.
- Blackhorse Road regeneration.
- Cathedral Group.
- Circus Street, Brighton.
- Cockpit Yard.
- Development Securities.
- Friarsgate Shopping Centre, Lichfield.
- Mixed-use development.
- Preston Barracks, Brighton.
- Public private partnership.
- The Deptford Project.
- The Movement, Greenwich.
- U and I.
- UandI Think event with John McDonnell MP.
 External references
Featured articles and news
A visually dramatic means of story-telling, large-scale murals can be an effective way to engage communities.
There were over 1,400 new articles added to Designing Buildings Wiki in 2016. Here are the top 15 most popular.
MVRDV reveal designs for a strange holiday villa in Taiwan.
New milestone achieved with launch of new safety lanyard for working from height.
A quick introductory article about preliminaries in construction.
Brandenburg Gate - an historic structure that went from symbolising German partition to European unity.
A discussion between construction key players and leading insurers on the future outlook for construction insurance.
New guide from BSRIA on building performance evaluation in domestic buildings.
Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners complete new trio of towers at Sydney Harbour.
With a new government consultation underway, ICE look at creating a smarter, more flexible energy system.
British Antarctic Survey announces research station is to relocate 23km due to growing crack in the ice shelf.