Blue Town Heritage Centre (study 1)
Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey


The first of two options we prepared as part of the Centre’s Lottery Fund bid to enhance the existing exhibition, café, theatre and support facilities to accommodate their ever-increasing collection of local artefacts and vibrant programme of year-round entertainment events, housed in one of the few surviving Victorian Music Halls.

With this option we explored an incremental redevelopment approach which sought to utilise much of the existing front of house areas while providing the appropriate layout enhancements and additional accommodation required, the most important being to create a properly environmentally controlled archive space.

The wider intention of the project is to encourage the reinstatement of the three-storey figure and scale of Blue Town’s main street, originally constructed from the timber off-cuts salvaged by the workers from the immediately adjacent Royal Dockyard and coloured in the Navy’s standard issue blue paint. The social agenda includes using labour form the Sheppey’s Elmley Prison, as part of their vocational skills training programme. Simple timber construction techniques and blue painted cladding, therefore, seemed the obvious material choices.


Blue Town Heritage Centre


July 2016


Existing: 900m²
Proposed: 950m²