Published: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

Work is well underway on a city centre development which is creating new homes for residents.

Our housing company, Medway Development Company (MDC), is currently building 115 high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments on the former Whiffens Avenue car park, which includes nine homes for shared ownership.

A topping out ceremony for Garrison Point took place on Thursday, 28 October to mark the building reaching its highest point.  

The homes at Garrison Point have been designed for modern lifestyles and each apartment will have its own private outdoor space with impressive views of the award-winning Great Lines Heritage Park and River Medway.

The development is a stone’s throw away from Chatham, Medway’s city centre, which is continuing to transform into a vibrant place to live, work, eat and shop as a result of a significant government, council and partner investment.

Fantastic transport links and impressive views 

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Chair of Medway Development Company (MDC), said: “I am pleased to see how well the works at Garrison Point are progressing. The new homes will benefit from fantastic transport links and impressive views with shops, two theatres and Chatham’s rich history on their doorstep. Garrison Point supports our ambition of establishing Chatham as our city centre, as well as our work to develop brownfield sites to deliver exciting regeneration projects. I look forward to watching the works progress.”

The works are Garrison Point are expected to be completed in summer 2022.

The Garrison Point development complements MDC’s work to build 182 one and two-bedroom apartments at Chatham Waterfront. MDC has also built 20 affordable homes behind White Road Community Centre in Chatham. Work is also underway to build 44 homes on the loading bay of the former Britton Farm Mall. Medway Council is also creating an innovative adult learning and skills hub on the vacant top floor of the former shopping centre in Gillingham, alongside works to transform the shopping mall area. 

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Last week it was announced that we will receive £14.4million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund which will be invested in three projects to support the establishment of Chatham as Medway’s city centre, The Docking Station, The Brook Theatre and The Fitted Rigging House, to support the area’s flourishing creative sector and provide further opportunities for economic growth.

Medway is also just one of 72 areas across the country to benefit from the government’s Future High Streets Fund. We have received just under £9.5million which will be invested in Chatham to improve housing opportunities with mixed commercial use, create more jobs and provide a vibrant town centre experience.

Our acquisition of the Pentagon Centre and Mountbatten House, alongside the Waterfront and Garrison Point developments, which will provide high-quality housing in the city centre, demonstrate its commitment to ensuring Medway continues to thrive, supporting our economy, local businesses and jobs.

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