Sir Terry Farrell's Design Vision for Ashford
Ashford’s design champion Sir Terry Farrell revealed his
much-anticipated ideas for turning the growth town into “the
powerhouse of Kent” at a presentation on 2 June.
Sir Terry, an acclaimed international urban design authority,
unveiled his ideas when he addressed an audience of businesses,
developers, investors, media and community groups. They also saw an
exhibition of the exciting new building developments, transport
connections and community spaces planned in the fast-expanding
Earlier in the day the exhibition was open to the public and
several hundred people attended to find out more about the area’s
ambitious growth plans.
Sir Terry said Ashford could achieve national and international
recognition as a town of design excellence. “I’m keen to work with
Ashford to produce a vision of regeneration that will help it
secure a prosperous future as one of the UK’s finest and most
successful towns,” he said.
Making favourable comparisons between Ashford and Lille in
France, which also has an international railway hub, Farrell said
high-speed rail services were set to revolutionise the development
of the ancient Kent market town in the same way that Lille had been
transformed beyond all recognition in recent years.
“With the Eurostar rail link providing a gateway to Europe, and
the introduction of the High Speed 1 fast train to London, Ashford
encompasses many of the qualities I believe are vital for vibrant
Sir Terry acknowledged the huge strides that Ashford had made in
recent years in harnessing public and private sector energies and
funding to build new homes and business parks, and investment in
public transport infrastructure.
“My role is to support and build on all the excellent work that
is being done in Ashford, and to help strengthen the links between
different projects in order to make the most of this energy and to
help build a coherent and enduring plan for the future.”
Among the strategic principles identified by Sir Terry as
central to Ashford’s future development are:
- Link Ashford International Station to the town centre,
integrating the ‘currently remote’ station with its surrounding
- Plan and create the new Commercial Quarter as a vibrant part of
the town centre;
- Create new ‘iconic’ pedestrian bridges across the railway line,
linking south Ashford with the town;
- Complete the transformation of the ring road as a shared
surface – Sir Terry said Ashford was leading the UK in the
development of pioneering shared space urban streetscapes;
- Create a mixed urban quarter at the old Newtown railway works,
a great heritage complex with potential to attract creative and
- Reinvigorate the historic high street, to reinforce its
- Maintain the highest standards of housing and environmental
Below are presentations and documents from the
Sir Terry Farrell
Powerpoint Presentation - 3.8Mb.
Ensuring a Strong
Design Vision PDF - 985Kb.
Presentation - 2.04Mb.
Sir Terry Farrell event brochure
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