Strood Waterfront moves forward
by Natalie Vincent Wed 11 July 2018, 2:33 pm
Work has begun to transform Strood Waterfront and pave the way for future development, which will include more than 1,000 new homes.
Flood defence works, which are being carried out by contractor VolkerStevin at the former civic centre site, are currently underway and are expected to be completed in spring 2019, paving the way for residential-led development there and at the Strood Riverside brownfield sites.
Medway Council was awarded £3.5 million funding from the government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), to allow the works to take place. The council's Strood Waterfront Development Brief provides guidance for developers and shows how Strood's waterfront could be transformed with more than 1,000 homes (including affordable housing), new businesses and public spaces.
Rodney Chambers, Medway Council's portfolio holder for strategic regeneration and partnerships, said: "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."
Medway Council also received £9 million from the Local Growth Fund to improve Strood town centre. Work began on the 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.
Leader of Medway Council, 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."