Work to transform Strood Waterfront, to pave the way for future development, is nearing completion.
Medway Council was 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 on the former Civic Centre site in Strood.
The council has invested in flood defences to regenerate the Civic Centre and Strood Riverside brownfield sites for future residential-led development.
Strood Waterfront will be transformed with more than 1,000 new homes, including affordable housing, businesses and public spaces.
The works, which are being carried out by VolkerStevin, are nearing completion and are expected to be finished in the summer.
Paving the way for future development
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “The flood defence works are the first step in the transformation of Strood Waterfront. This project is paving the way for future development of the site including hundreds of homes, including affordable housing, in a fantastic location with breath-taking views across the river to Rochester Castle and is close to two railway stations. The work to transform Strood Waterfront also compliments the ongoing Local Growth Fund works in Strood Town Centre. The regeneration for Strood will provide growth for all and reaffirm that Strood is a great place to live, work, learn and visit.”
Flood defence work 'vital' to unlocking development potential
Christian Brodie, Chair of SELEP, said: “Work to improve the flood defences on Strood Waterfront was vital to unlocking the development potential of this brownfield, town centre site.
“Coupled with the support for the improvements in the town centre, the Local Growth Fund’s multi-million pound investment in the future of Strood is now producing visible results on the ground, benefiting businesses, supporting growth and most importantly creating a great place to live for local people.”