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Delegates turn out in force for Medway1 launch

Fri 12 June 2015, 4:07 pm

Almost 100 people attended the launch of the eighth edition of Medway1 magazine at a networking event sponsored by mhs homes, the largest landlord in the area.

Delegates at the launch of the eighth edition of Medway1 magazine

Councillor Alan Jarrett, in his first official role since being appointed as leader of Medway Council, welcomed guests to the event. He said: "Medway1 magazine is very important in showcasing what we do and what has been achieved with our partners in regeneration. We are already talking about what will be featured in the ninth edition, which shows how important Medway1 is to the council."

Jarrett thanked mhs homes for sponsoring the event, which was attended by about 70 local decision-makers, along with over 25 who are based in London. They included representatives from Allies and Morrison, Berkeley First, Countryside, Farrells, GVA, Haptic Architects, HTA, iceni projects, Keepmoat, L&Q Group and Network Rail.

The council's outgoing director of regeneration, community and culture Robin Cooper commented: "Although the event is the leader's first gig, it's also my last as I leave Medway tomorrow after 10 years." Cooper is about to take up a new challenge as chief executive of Ebbsfleet Garden City Urban Development Corporation, which is tasked with delivering up to 15,000 homes. 

Cooper took the audience through a presentation of a decade of changes in Medway, a narrative of vast former industrial sites which have been regenerated as housing, commercial space and educational facilities. He described how Medway's University Technical College, due to open in September, already has a waiting list of students and is working with employers to shape the curriculum to match their requirements.

Cooper also mentioned the acclaimed Chapel Down Winery, based in Tenterden, Kent, with a vineyard at Blue Bell Hill, Chatham: "Chapel Down will produce over one million bottles of sparkling wine, retailing at £24.99 – when a Champagne of similar quality from France will sell at a tenner more. The terroir here is ideal for it."

Gary Clark, operations director of mhs homes, introduced a presentation on 25 years of his organisation’s developments, which provide social housing and contribute to regeneration all around Medway.

Toby Fox, managing director of 3Fox International, thanked Robin for having been the ideal client over the past eight editions of Medway1 magazine and presented him with gifts from the company. Natasha Pullan, assistant events manager at 3Fox, presented a bouquet to Kate Greenaway, project manager of Medway’s Rochester Riverside development, who is also leaving the council to take up the role of head of regeneration at Peabody, working on the Thamesmead project.

One of the gifts presented to Robin Cooper, a framed collection of covers of Medway1; issues one to eight

Read the latest edition of Medway1 magazine here.

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