The Vision

The regeneration of Medina Yard will provide a viable, mixed-use development that is distinctive, thriving and sustainable. There will be a range of active businesses which generate employment, a variety of homes and a range of marine and leisure related uses and activities. Medina Yard will be vibrant, well connected and safe, with public access to the water front, strong pedestrian linkages to and through the site, including to Cowes town centre. Medina Yard will provide attractive pubic streets and spaces, with buildings of exemplar design reflecting the local context and creating a sense of place.

Medina Yard regeneration objectives:

  • to deliver a mix of new uses that contributes to the local economy to including residential, employment generating uses and marine related businesses with the potential for other uses such as retail, leisure, hotel and community facilities
  • to deliver a significant number and mix of new homes within Cowes, contributing towards meeting the Isle of Wight's housing needs, including the provision of affordable housing on site, subject to viability
  • to generate a range of new employment opportunities which will assist in meeting the employment needs of the island
  • to provide new accommodation/facilities for marine related uses and business
  • to provide retail/restaurant and café uses which will encourage active use of the site, animate new public spaces, adding to the vibrancy and vitality of the site
  • to enhance Cowes reputation as the home of yachting – investigate the demand for a new marina/pontoon; create public access to slipways and marine waterfront
  • to ensure the design quality meets aspirations to change the perception of the area and reflect the importance of the site's location in relation to Cowes town centre and the gateway to the Medina Estuary
  • to create new public spaces/public realm, improve access to the waterfront and create permeability through the site with legible routes to connect to Cowes town centre and surrounding area
  • to mitigate flood risk, meeting the requirements of the Island Plan Core Strategy policy DM14 to demonstrate the site will be safe and without increasing flood risk elsewhere
  • to consider options for appropriate community facilities
  • to work to retain the Grade II* listed crane on site and utilise it as a focal point/landmark feature within future development.
  • to achieve a highly sustainable development; provide links to existing public transport networks within the area; improve cycle and pedestrian accessibility; incorporate sustainable design features within future redevelopment proposals
  • to investigate the potential for tourism facilities/attractions within the site
  • to achieve longevity within the business space through the provision of flexible and adaptable space

Emerging Masterplan

Masterplan March 2016

Artist impressions of the Vision

Masterplan March 2016

Masterplan March 2016

Artist’s impression of Hammerhead Square looking north towards entrance lane

Artist’s impression of Hammerhead Square looking north towards entrance lane

Artist’s impression of the entrance lane looking south toward Hammerhead Square

Artist’s impression of the entrance lane looking south toward Hammerhead Square

Artist’s impression of the waterfront looking towards Hammerhead Crane

Artist’s impression of the waterfront looking towards Hammerhead Crane