Berkeley Homes with HTA Architects, Crest Nicholson with Tibbalds Monro Architects and Wimpey with PRC Fewster Architects were chosen this week by Medway council from a longlist of seven.
The four teams will make proposals for a mixed-use development on the 30 ha brownfield site by the end of November.
Medway council owns 18 ha of the area, which lies between the A2 trunk road and the River Medway on the northern fringes of Rochester. It has a compulsory purchase order to acquire the rest.
Medway council will enter into a partnering arrangement with a lead developer for 900 homes, retail, leisure, and employment uses, open spaces and community facilities.
A preferred development partner will be announced in January.