Learning from distinctive local buildings:
Civic & institutional buildings
There are key examples of defined building clusters (past and present) which offer strong precedents for the form of civic or institutional buildings within the future development of Ebbsfleet Garden City. Historically the strong form of these building groups created a sense of enclosure and protection within a wild and uncontrolled landscape.
At Huggins College the building presents a strong geometrical terraced facade, defined by repetitive gables and chimneys facing out onto the landscape. While Tilbury barracks is an elegant terrace facing onto the parade ground.
The farmstead cluster located outside the historic centre of Cliffe, is located within an open landscape. The configuration of the manor farm and attached / adjacent agricultural buildings helps create a defined grouping on the crest of the high ground around Cliffe.
Tilbury Fort Barracks - flat fronted long regular terrace onto the parade
Farmstead outside Cliffe - mixture of strong roof forms. Frontages address the surrounding open land and the cluster forms a strong enclosure on the Cliffe high-ground.
Huggins College - outside Northfleet now demolished
Douglas Grierson postcard collection, Discover Gravesham http://www.discovergravesham.co.uk/postcards-of-gravesham/category/6-
Huggins College - regular terraces of gables distinctive silhouette and distinctive feature chimneys
Douglas Grierson postcard collection, Discover Gravesham http://www.discovergravesham.co.uk/