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Historic business centre celebrates

The Joiners Shop in The Historic Dockyard Chatham is celebrating its successful first year of operation - with 80% of its 44 units now occupied.
The 200-year old building is Grade II* listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has a colourful history and its most recent incarnation is as a specialist Centre for Creative Industries. It opened in January 2009 and is already home to 38 businesses.

Minister tours Medway

Thames Gateway minister Shahid Malik MP visited Medway to see progress on key schemes in a regeneration programme now valued at £6 billion.
First stop was Medway Park, a training base for athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and a regional centre of sporting excellence after the Games. The running track is ready, the sports hall under construction, the £11 million project ahead of schedule.

Ahead of the game

Medway Park, which is being created on the site of the former Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham, will be completed in February 2010.
Just two months later it will host the Modern Pentathlon World Cub - the first global sporting event to ever be staged in Medway, featuring a host of world and Olympic medallists.

Checking in to Medway

Two years ago Medway had no major hotels. Now there's the prospect of a £50m investment on five sites.
Plans for two new Medway hotels have been given the go-ahead recently.
One application is for a five-storey, 110-bed hotel site on Corporation Street, Rochester. The other is for a 121-bed Premier Inn at Medway Valley Park in Strood.

£9 million amassed for for social regeneration

Alongside Medway's physical regeneration, there's a multi-million-pound social regeneration programme.
Together with Medway Council's Housing Services, the Social Regeneration Service has attracted £9 million of external funding which is being used to help disadvantaged neighbourhoods and local unemployed residents.

Hyde set to go onsite at Riverside

Housebuilder The Hyde Group is preparing the first phase of a 40-unit Extra Care Sheltered Housing scheme at Rochester Riverside. Work is expected to start onsite next year.
Updating Medway1 magazine on progress at its developments, Hyde said work is also set to start onsite with 17 new apartments and houses for affordable and intermediate rent at Taylor Wimpey Developments' Christmas Street scheme.

Taylor Wimpey builds in Upnor

An exciting new opportunity for relaxed family living is coming soon to Upnor, near Rochester, after Taylor Wimpey acquired the land for 26 brand new homes.(Sourced from Property Talk.)
The leading housebuilder is set to begin transforming a former residential site into Castle Walk, a stunning collection of three, four and five-bedroom homes nestled within a peaceful and picturesque riverside setting.

Breakthrough as key Thames Gateway site is 'unlocked'

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has today signed an agreement to press ahead with plans to build the first new homes on Medway’s flagship regeneration site Rochester Riverside.(Sourced from Thames Gateway News.)
Crest was selected as preferred developer for the first 600 homes on the site in January 2008 but the scheme stalled because of the impact of the recession on the national housing market.

Council chiefs praise HCA's Single Conversation

A new way of doing business that helps local authorities achieve their housing and regeneration goals is meeting wide-scale support and success. (Sourced from
According to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), its Single Conversation business model, which has been developed to co-ordinate discussion and make better use of local funding streams, is now underway with 67 per cent of all Local Authorities around the country.

Medway on iPlayer

The leader of Medway Council featured on John Prescott’s BBC2 documentary Prescott, the North South Divide, which was aired on 15 October.
Cllr Rodney Chambers spoke to Mr Prescott about the area’s regeneration programme, and about his views on the differences and similarities between life in the north and south of England.

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