Medway, Kent will receive nearly £14.5million from the UK government's Levelling Up Fund to invest in historic landmarks in Chatham. 

The funding will be invested in three projects in Medway’s city centre to support the area’s flourishing creative sector and provide further opportunities for economic growth including new co-working and studio spaces as well as creating job opportunities for local residents and graduates.  The funding will also reinforce Medway’s position as a regionally important creative hub which will attract further investment in Medway benefitting the local economy.

Two of the three projects awarded funding, The Docking Station and the Fitted Rigging House (South) are Chatham Historic Dockyard projects. 

The Docking Station 

A partnership between the University of Kent, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Medway Council, this will transform the Grade II listed former Police Section House, situated just to the north of Historic Dockyard Chatham, into a unique creative facility, home to the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries.  The Docking Station will deliver c.780 sqm of incubation and acceleration spaces for University of Kent graduates, shared workspaces for academic and non-academic staff, artists, creative and technologists, flexible teaching spaces for creative skills development and training, studio and performance spaces as well as an innovative digital immersive interactive gallery. 

The Fitted Rigging House (South)

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) propose to bring this Grade I listed Scheduled Ancient Monument back into effective use to create 1,939 sqm of creative industries focused commercial floorspace.  This project will build on the previous successful projects led by CHDT including the conversion of the Fitted Rigging House (North) and the creation of a creative industries centre at The Joiners Shop to reinforce the Historic Dockyard’s position as a creative industries hub and as a successful tourism anchor for Medway and beyond.  It will provide space for growing and mature creative enterprises expanding out of the Docking Station and the third project, Brook Theatre, establishing a pathway for growth.

Richard Morsley, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, said: “We are thrilled to hear Medway Council has been awarded £14.4m from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.  Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust champions a long-standing strategy of ‘preservation through re-use’, bringing historic buildings into effective everyday use.  Funding to support the development of both the Fitted Rigging House South and the Police Section House (Docking Station) will see two currently undeveloped Scheduled Ancient Monuments brought back into active re-use, creating jobs and delivering significant economic benefit.  Medway has a thriving creative community, and these spaces will be vital in facilitating the growth of these industries.”

Medway Council will now work with the University of Kent and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust on the final proposals.  More information about these exciting projects will be announced in due course.

Source: Medway Council press release

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