Budding creatives asked to design new public art for Rochester Riverside

Artists are being asked to develop and submit unique and imaginative design ideas for vinyl's or graphics that will be erected within the station underpass and above the entrances to the underpass. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to showcase their talent and work closely with Countryside, Hyde, Medway Council and Homes England, supporting Medway’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid.
The new artwork will be carried out as part of the improvement works to the pedestrian underpass at Rochester Station, improving not only safety but also the overall attractiveness of the area. The public artwork will be commissioned by an artist whose designs should encapsulate the following:
• An attractive and engaging piece of art that the local community can admire.
• A design that enhances the local character whilst integrating with the surrounding environment. The artwork will form part of Medway Council’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid, so should embrace Medway’s ambitious new Cultural Strategy.
• Artwork that is safe to members of the public, resistant to vandalism, durable and does not require excessive on-going maintenance.
The budget for the project will be £30,000 (which includes artist’s fees, materials, fabrication and installation), and the deadline for submission is 17:00 on Monday 20th September 2021. For more information, please visit to download the full artist’s brief. To submit your proposals please email:
Andrew Usher, Managing Director, South London, Countryside, commented: “From the River Medway-inspired artwork lining the public plaza and river walkway to our restoration of the famous dockside blue crane, public art is at the heart of Rochester Riverside. Helping to create a sense of place and elevate the development above the norm, we’re excited to continue this through the new public art commission to transform the station subway.”
Guy Slocombe, Chief Investment Officer at Hyde, added: “Medway is a hotbed of creativity and so we’re looking forward to receiving submissions from both local artists and those from further afield, giving new talent a platform to shine. This new public art will support Medway’s aspiration to become UK City of Culture 2025, and we can’t wait to see the designs come to life.”
Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council, said: “Medway is home to a broad range of talented creatives and I would encourage local artists to get involved with this fantastic opportunity. Becoming UK City of Culture 2025 would create a legacy of opportunities for residents, particularly our children and young people. I look forward to seeing the finished artworks.”
Rochester Riverside is the region’s flagship regeneration project, delivered by Countryside and Hyde over 12 years. A new mixed-tenure community of up to 1,400 new homes is being created, along with a new primary school, nursery, hotel, 2.5km river walkway, commercial units, parking, green open spaces, play areas and landscaping.


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About Countryside
Countryside is the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer with over 60 years’ experience, creating places people love, with sustainable communities built to last. In March 2021, it was awarded the 5 Star Rating by the Home Builders Federation again following the latest home building industry’s Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Specialising in estate and town centre regeneration schemes, Countryside’s Partnerships comprises four divisions – Partnerships South, Partnerships Home Counties, Partnerships North and Partnerships Midlands. It works mainly on public sector owned and brownfield land, in partnership with local authorities and housing associations to develop private, affordable and PRS homes. Its developments include large scale urban regeneration projects at Beam Park, Rainham; North Leigh Park, Wigan, and Drakelow Park in Burton-on-Trent. It has also developed a number of large-scale projects including Beaulieu, Chelmsford; Kingsmere, Bicester and Great Kneighton, Cambridge.

Countryside established a modular panel manufacturing facility in Warrington to improve quality and reduce build times on site. In 2019, the business announced two further factories to be built in the Midlands and Leicestershire to expand its offsite construction capability.

Countryside delivered 4,053 homes in the twelve months to September 2020 – 3,213 through its Partnerships division and 840 through its Housebuilding division, with a mix of private for sale, PRS and affordable homes. The Group has a strong balance sheet with new framework agreements signed during 2020 which, along with a record forward order book, up 23% to £1,432m, underpin the mixed-tenure delivery model focused on delivering quality homes and sector leading growth. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in February 2016 as a constituent of the FTSE 250.

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About Hyde
Hyde was established in 1967 to provide homes for those left behind by the market. We are an award winning provider of homes, combining social purpose with entrepreneurial drive and professionalism.
Hyde is one of the largest housing associations working in England, owning or managing circa 50,000 homes in London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, the East of England and East Midlands. This means that more than 100,000 residents have a home at a price at which they can afford, with long tenancies that give them the chance to improve their life chances.
The homes that we build, as well as the ones we already own, include those for shared ownership, for social rent, for outright sale and for private rent. Hyde Housing Association is a not-for-profit organisation but our family of companies, which makes up the Hyde Group, includes charities and profit-making subsidiaries. The money that we make is used to build more homes for those excluded from the market. For every million pounds surplus we make, we can build 150 new homes for people who otherwise would not be able to access a place to call home.
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Story posted: 8/09/2021

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