Orchards Shopping Centre

KITSON Architecture have been involved in the refurbishment of this shopping centre in Dartford, Kent, since 2013. On completion the refurbishment scheme was shortlisted for a 2016 BCSC (Revo) award.

Starting with a complete mall refurbishment and new public entrances and culminating in the conversion of the former Waitrose supermarket into an Aldi and Poundworld, this centre has been transformed into a popular and contemporary town centre retail destination.

We worked closely with lighting designers Studio 29 to create stunning new lighting features including motion-sensitive colour-changing floor lights and a backlit frieze featuring specially commissioned artwork.

New entrances to the centre from the high street and car park have completely transformed the appearance of the centre and incorporates new branding developed in tandem with the refurbishment. As part of the overhaul the public toilets were relocated and a new management suite formed.

We are continuing our involvement with the client into looking at future projects which may enhance the quality and value of the centre.