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St Thomas Place

St Thomas’s Place is a development in Old Ruttington Lane, Canterbury of eight town houses and six 2-bedroom apartments. St Thomas’s Place lies on the edge of the historic City and is close to all the amenities that Canterbury has to offer. It is within walking distance of Canterbury West railway station, which offers a regular high speed rail service to and from London and is also well located to the campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, which is sited in the adjoining North Holmes Road.

The development is arranged in the form of a terrace wrapping around the edge of the site.

The 6 no. apartments are sited fronting Military Road and turn the corner. They are arranged in a single building with 3 apartments either side of a centrally positioned staircase. As it faces Military Road the building will be 2-storeys in height with room in the roof, with the elevation broken by two vertical gable elements. On the corner, the building will be 3-storeys in height, with the third storey having clerestory windows forming a horizontal feature. At ground floor the building is set back behind a low brick wall, which provides a degree of privacy to Unit 1, which also has a rear garden.

The materials to be used on the elevation to the apartment building will be a part red brick and part tile hanging with the roof covered in a plain clay tile. 

Units 7 to 12 form a terrace of houses that front onto an adjoining park and overlook the grounds of St Thomas’s School. They have shallow front gardens that are enclosed by traditional metal railings behind a deep planting bed and are accessed by a brick path leading to the front door. As part of the scheme the adjoining park will be re-landscaped and re-modelled. 

Units 7 to 12 are designed in a classic Georgian style and will be 2 ½-storeys in height with a parapet to the front elevation under a steeply pitched clay tiled roof, with traditional styled dormer windows and will be constructed in a “local” red stock brick.

All houses will have painted purpose made timber front doors with fanlights over and are surmounted by a simple lead roofed porch supported on scroll brackets. The windows will be purpose made multi-paned double glazed painted timber windows with gauged rubbed brick arches over picked out in a lighter red brick.

Unit 13 will face onto Old Ruttington Lane and will be 3-storeys in height under a natural slate roof and have a centrally positioned purpose made timber front door with windows either side and a brick window alcove on the first floor above the door. The front door is surmounted by a simple lead roofed porch supported on scroll brackets. This unit has a deep eaves and a stone string course detail on the second floor elevation and will be constructed in a “local” red stock brick with gauged rubbed brick arches over the windows picked out in a lighter red brick to match Units 7 to 12. The windows will be purpose made multi-paned double glazed painted timber windows.

Unit 14 will face onto Old Ruttington Lane and is a 2-storey detached house under a natural slate roof. It will be constructed in a “local” red stock brick with gauged rubbed brick arches over the windows picked out in a lighter red brick (to match Units 7 to 13).

Each of the houses has a small enclosed rear garden finished with a decked surface and a single car parking space accessed from Old Ruttington Lane. This access road and rear parking area will be finished in Tegula blockwork paving.

Canterbury is approximately 60 miles from London and adjacent to the A2. It has regular high speed train services to London from Canterbury West stations and via Ashford into Europe on the high speed Eurostar service.

Canterbury is renowned for its cultural heritage. It’s Cathedral and museums are a major attraction for tourists, whilst the Marlowe Theatre stages a wide programme of events, including West-End plays, musicals, opera and ballet. Other cultural events are held in and around the city throughout the year whilst the Canterbury Festival and Canterbury Cricket Week are both important annual events in the City’s calendar.

Canterbury is the home of the University of Kent and Christ Church University, which together with Canterbury College, offers a wide range of higher educational courses. There is also a wide choice of excellent schools, with public schools such as The King’s School, St Edmunds and Kent College, as well as some of the top grammar schools in the Country.

St Thomas’s Place lies between what were the sites of the former St Augustine’s Abbey and St Gregory’s Priory, both of which were major monastic institutions prior to their dissolution by Henry VIII. The site also adjoins St Gregory Church, which was designed by George Gilbert Scott, and is now a recital room for Christ Church University.

Old Ruttington Lane adjoins the site to the east and is a route of some antiquity, whilst Military Road to the west of the site, was built in the early 19th century to facilitate the expansion of the barracks during the Napoleonic War.

Each home has the benefit of a 10-year home warranty, which is backed by major multi-national insurance provider. 

The properties will be traditionally constructed in brick and insulated block, with a beam and block insulated concrete floor to the ground floor of the town houses and to the floors of the apartments, and timber floors to the upper storeys of the town houses. All homes are provided with a fire alarm, security locks to doors and windows and an electrically operated gated entrance with CCTV surveillance.

Each home will be designed and constructed to meet a high standard of acoustic performance to avoid any noise transferring between properties and to mitigate any traffic noise.

Units 7 to 14 will be sold freehold with a car parking space located in a shared car parking court, which will be owned by a management company in which each freeholder will have a share. There will also be obligations on the freeholders not to change the physical character of the development. 

Units 1 to 6 will be sold on a long leasehold basis (199 years) with the freehold and common areas being owned by a management company in which each of the leaseholders will have a share.

The homes will be built to be more sustainable which will ensure that the development delivers a lower carbon footprint. 

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Detailed Spec

Outside Design

Externally, the properties have a traditional appearance, in keeping with the historic character of a designated Conservation Area, recognised as being of international importance.

Each of the town houses will have a small, fully landscaped front garden and a decked patio garden to the rear, with a purpose built garden shed and bin store. The apartments (Units 1 to 6) will have a shared bin and cycle store. 

 

Inside Design

Internally each home has a contemporary styling with spaces designed to be open, light and airy. These spaces will be finished to a high standard with an internal specification that includes the items listed below. 

 

Specification

Contemporary style bathrooms with white sanitary ware, a clear glass shower enclosure, glass shower screen to the bath, designer taps, chrome towel rails and large wall mirrors illuminated by down lighters and contemporary ceramic wall tiling

Fitted kitchen to include a fridge-freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob extract and a washer dryer (sometimes located in laundry or laundry cupboard)

High performance double glazed painted timber windows

Secondary glazing to the living rooms and bedrooms on the front elevation of Units 1 to 7

Painted Timber front door with security locks and chrome door furniture with fanlight over and a traditional lead roofed porch with scroll brackets

Traditionally detailed and painted metal railings to enclose the front gardens

Each home has been designed and constructed to meet a high standard of thermal insulation so as to reduce the cost of heating your home

Each home will be designed and constructed to meet a high standard of acoustic performance

A high performance energy efficient gas boiler powering the central heating and water heating systems 

Underfloor heating to all the apartments

Underfloor heating to the ground floor of the houses and slim line radiators to the first and second floors

A contemporary designed staircase with handrail, newel posts, strings and balusters in hard wood

Amtico flooring in an Oak finish or similar to the ground floor living areas of the houses and the living areas of he apartments

Amtico flooring in a stone or slate finish to the bathrooms

Ash veneer doors with chrome lever handles and chrome hinges

Fitted carpet to the first and second floors and stairs to the houses and to the bedrooms in the houses and apartments

Recessed down-lighters and pendant lights as appropriate

Ample light switches and sockets

Telephone points in appropriate rooms 

Television points in appropriate rooms and pre-wired for terrestrial / satellite TV (does not include dish, Sky connection or Digital receiver)

Multi-vent air exchange system to cloakrooms and bathrooms in houses and heat recovery multi-vent system in the apartments 1 to 7

Walls finished in a contemporary matt white paint with skirting boards, architraves and window boards finished in a toning egg-shell paint

Mains-wired smoke & heat detectors

Fire sprinkler system to Unit 13

Dedicated car parking space for Units 7 to 13

Security locks to doors and windows

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