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Chatham Centre & Waterfront
New homes, a dramatic new waterfront and a rejuvenated Pentagon shopping centre are just some of the plans in store for Chatham.
Chatham Waterfront. Image: Medway Renaissance
Chatham town centre and waterfront lie at the centre of the Medway Towns but the idea is to create a more unified 'city', held together by redeveloped riverside areas. The current population of a quarter of a million is set to rise to about 300,000 within the next 15 years.
Medway from the air. See copyright
Key to Chatham's revival are the waterfront, a new 'cultural quarter' centred on Medway REACH, a new 2000 seat auditorium - and the redevelopment of the Pentagon shopping centre. There's also a plan to build a cable car system across the River Medway.
Where is it?
The Chatham waterfront site lies between Sun Pier in the centre of Chatham and the Command House Pub, near the entrance to Fort Amhurst. Other developments will centre around the Pentagon Centre, the train station and the Brook.
There are currently three designs by Ken Yeang on the table for a new-look waterfront - all aim to connect the town centre with planned residential and leisure developments on the Medway. The proposals include a riverside park and a theatre / community centre suspended over the water.
Town centre, Brook and station areas
The train station area should see a variety of improvements: a new hotel, additional office space and general improvements to pedestrian routes, the station itself and surrounding buildings.
The 'Brook' regeneration encompasses Town Hall Gardens [new homes will be built on the edge of the gardens], The Brook itself and Union Street and Upper High Street [reducing the impact of the ring road on the area].
The Pentagon centre will undergo a massive face-lift, with additional retail, office and residential units turning it into the second largest shopping centre in the south east, after Bluewater.
When is it happening?
Development period 2004-2024.
Medway Renaissance is the name for the regeneration team within Medway Council responsible for overseeing all 'Thames Gateway' projects.
This 140-hectare site near Chatham Dockyard has already been transformed into a busy residential and business area.
Chatham Maritime. Copyright: SEEDA
This is SEEDA's largest project in the whole Thames Gateway area and over £500 million has already been pumped into the site.
Dickens World, a £60 million tourist attraction dedicated to the life and times of Charles Dickens, opened in April 2007. Next door, the Odeon cinema complex is already open.
For much more detail on regeneration in Medway, including photos, maps and planning documents, click on the links below:
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last updated: 05/06/2008 at 14:06