Terlingham Gardens Retirement Village, creating a sensitively designed retirement community on the Kent Downs


Pentland Homes


Clague Architects, Peter Brett Associates, New Build Landscapes



Collaboration led to a design strategy that responds to the AONB designation and showcases the beauty of this elevated coastal site. Set on top of the North Downs, Terlingham Gardens in Hawkinge offers stunning views above nearby Folkestone to the English Channel and French coastline. Located on the former RAF Hawkinge airfield, the site played an important role during WWII defending the skies above Kent and now provides a peaceful and beautiful location for “Later Living”.

The Pentland Homes model for Terlingham Gardens includes tailored care and support packages, allowing residents to lead independent lives in a safe environment. The development includes a series of bungalows, apartments, and a central hub building comprising a wellbeing centre, café, restaurants, and cinema.

Working closely with Clague Architects our design features private terrace gardens, communal gardens, a central green park for recreational activities, a walled kitchen garden, and a trim trail through wildflower meadows.

We spent some time perfecting the planting design for this elevated coastal site and its ultimate success demonstrates the value of sound collaboration at the design stage backed up by dedicated contractors and a qualified grounds maintenance team. We are also proud to be supporting a wider masterplan for Hawkinge West.