for Dockside Developments
Dockside Outlet Centre
Our competition winning proposals for the adaptive re-use of this, the most important of several derelict listed buildings in the former naval dockyard at Chatham involved its conversion to a factory outlet shopping centre. The Grade II* Boiler Shop, a magnificent Victorian iron-framed structure that had been deteriorating since closure of the vast naval dockyards in 1984, was given a new life as the Dockside Outlet Centre.
Within the original cast iron building frame an independent structure has been created that accommodates some 85 retail units on two storeys, a food court, and a restaurant in a major programme of work. Externally the Boiler Shop’s iron frame was re-clad with a sinusoidal mill-finished aluminium sheet that echoes the original cladding. The clerestory, ridge and gable glazing were restored to maintain the original rhythm of the glazing bars.