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Rochester Riverside revs up

by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 April 2018, 3:21 pm

Medway’s £400 million regeneration scheme at Rochester Riverside broke ground in February, marking the beginning of construction.

L-R: David Gannicott, group director of business development at Hyde; Andy Fancy, managing director for north and south London at Countryside Partnerships South; Kelly Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood; Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council

Work started on the first three phases, comprising 489 homes and a hotel, along with 885sq m of commercial floorspace and landscaping. 

The council granted outline approval for the £400 million seven-phase masterplan in November 2017, providing 1,400 new homes and 1,200sq m of commercial space when complete. The site is expected lessen the burden on local housing need, with 25% of new homes earmarked as affordable.

In total, over four hectares of open space will be provided across the project, including 2km of riverside walkway for public use.

The redevelopment is being undertaken in a joint project by house builder Countryside and housing provider Hyde Group.

Andy Fancy, managing director for north and south London at Countryside Partnerships South, said: "This ground breaking is a landmark moment for the scheme and marks the beginning of a 12-year programme to deliver 1,400 new homes and state-of-the-art community facilities, while opening up a key part of the Medway riverside for the very first time.

We are delighted to finally see the vision for a new destination in Rochester take such an important step forward."

Construction on the first set of homes is expected to complete in early 2019.

 

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