Ashford ZED

Ashford, Kent
Zed Homes Ltd
Commission completed 2007
17 acres: 20,000 sq ft office, 68,000 sq ft retail, 1,002 residential units
£140m
Mixed use masterplan including residential, office, public realm and public community uses

Sidell Gibson, Architect
Arup, Sustainability consultant


The ambitious Ashford ZED (Zero Emission Development) masterplan provided for a sustainable, residential-led community with over 1,000 private and affordable units.

M3 managed development of the concept design through to support of a planning application through a public enquiry. We selected and led the team through a review of renewable energy technologies and ecological water treatment systems to achieve zero carbon emissions at this exemplar environmental development.

Project highlights


  • Reviewing land ownerships
  • Assisting with CPOs
  • Dealing with complex utilities constraints
  • Providing feasibility appraisal options to improve viability
  • Managing the public consultation process