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Work starts on Rochester Riverside development

Thu 2 June 2011, 2:41 pm

Work began this week started on the first phase of the Rochester Riverside regeneration scheme.

Engineering contractor FM Conway is carrying out utilities and infrastructure work on the 30ha site.

Housing association Hyde Group is due to start construction on the first new affordable homes on the site in September.

The initial work will include building a new road and footways onto the site and installing utility supplies including gas, electricity and drainage. 

In addition, improvements will be made to the junction of Doust Way with the High Street and Eason’s Yard car park will be redesigned. 

Leader of Medway Council Rodney Chambers, said: “This is a major milestone in the redevelopment and regeneration of the area and I’m delighted to see work starting on this key site. 

“Rochester Riverside is the flagship project in Medway’s regeneration programme and by starting work on the roads and infrastructure to serve the development now, we hope to see construction start this September.” 

The Rochester Riverside site is jointly owned by Medway Council and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

It has outline planning permission for 2,000 homes, hotels, shops, offices, bars and restaurants, two public parks, a primary school and the river walkway and cycle path that opened in 2008.



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