Chesterfield Waterside is a major joint venture regeneration initiative undertaken between the principal landowner and Chesterfield Borough Council. The site is sandwiched between The River Rother and the busy A61 relief road, directly north of Chesterfield’s Railway Station. It is 23 hectares in area and over 1.2km in length. OMI devised the masterplan for the entire site, dramatically transforming this vast tract of redundant unloved industrial land into a vibrant, waterside urban village that accommodates 360 dwellings and over 700,000 sq. ft. of offices, shops and restaurants.
Like a walled citadel, Waterside’s solid perimeter buildings are ramparts that subdue the world beyond – in this case a busy dual carriageway. A tranquil village heart lies within fully exploiting the stunning waterside setting. The form and grain of the new buildings and spaces echoes the idiosyncrasies of Chesterfield’s medieval townscape – where an intricate pattern of intimate streets and squares create an unfolding journey – a place that has apparently evolved naturally over time.