Work has begun to transform Strood Waterfront and pave the way for future development, including more than 1,000 new homes.
Medway Council has been awarded £3.5 million funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to enable flood defence works to take place on the former Civic Centre site. The council is investing in flood defences to regenerate the former Civic Centre and Strood Riverside brownfield sites which will pave the way for future residential-led development on the site which has uninterrupted views of the river, Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral.
The flood defence works, which are being carried out by VolkerStevin, are currently underway and are expected to be completed in Spring 2019.
The council has also adopted the Strood Waterfront Development Brief which provides planning guidance for developers and shows how Strood’s Waterfront will be transformed with more than 1,000 new homes, including affordable housing, new businesses and public spaces.
Medway Council has also received £9 million from the Local Growth Fund, also via SELEP, to improve Strood Town Centre. Work began on the £9million transformation in February following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses. Two phases of the works have already been completed including improvements to the car park and market space in Commercial Road. Further aspects of the works include improvements to the existing central island between Station Road and Commercial Road which will be made more accessible for pedestrians, and improvements to the road layout in the town centre to reduce congestion.
'The project will be hundreds of homes to the area'
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am delighted work has begun at Strood Waterfront. Once the works are complete the project will bring hundreds of homes to the area, including affordable housing. These works, and the ongoing regeneration project in Strood town centre, will transform the area. Strood Waterfront is just one of Medway’s monumental regeneration projects and I look forward to watching the works progress.”
'Breathtaking views across the river'
Cllr Rodney Chambers, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Regeneration and Partnerships, said: “I am pleased the flood defence works are underway. This is the first phase of development at Strood Waterfront which will make way for future development of the site which has breathtaking views across the river to Rochester castle and is close to two railway stations. Strood’s retail offer is expanding and it is becoming an increasingly popular area for residents and businesses.”
'Further boost the Medway economy'
Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “Medway has a longstanding ambition to deliver new homes and create an environment that nurtures skills and business. With Strood only 34 minutes away from St Pancras on Southeastern’s high speed services, the £12.5m we’ve secured from government will help regenerate Strood and further boost the Medway economy.”
'We are pleased to have been awarded this project'
Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this flood defence project which will not only help protect homes, but also allow for economic growth within the housing market. Working alongside one of our other VolkerWessels UK business units, VolkerHighways, demonstrates the diverse range of our capabilities as part of a wider group.
“In addition, two of VolkerStevin’s specialist division’s, VolkerGround Engineering, and VolkerBrooks, will collaborate together to procure and install the new steel sheet pile wall and undertake awarded fabrication works.”
For more information about Strood’s regeneration projects in visit www.medway.gov.uk/yournewstrood