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Kent and Medway Engineering and Design Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub

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Approval status

Fully approved

Delivery status

Construction in progress

Expected completion date

Autumn 2019

LGF funding of £6.12m is needed alongside £7.2m invested by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and £6.5m by
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the construction and equipment costs of Kent and Medway EDGE Hub.

This will be a new 3,588m2 facility in Canterbury, with satellite facilities at Discovery Park, Kent Science Park, Medway Campus and other parts of Kent, to support high value employment, growth and investment in Engineering and Technology businesses. In addition, CCCU will be investing £10.5m and HEFCE £0.5m the delivery of the innovative educational programmes.

Kent and Medway EDGE

The Hub will be worth an estimated £7.6m to £11.4m per year to the Kent and Medway economy once it is fully operational, with 1250 new learners with higher level Engineering and Technology skills coming into the labour market by 2024, plus a range of research and innovation benefits.

Kent and Medway EDGE Hub is a new, partnership-based, industry-led initiative to drive economic growth in national, SELEP and KMEP priority sectors. A Strategic Industry Advisory Board, led by a leading industrialist, and involving other company members of KMEP’s Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare Guilds, will advise on the Hub’s strategy.

Plans to expand science offer

LGF investment will take the University’s existing plans to expand science at the former Canterbury Prison site to the next level by:

Significantly broadening CCCU’s Higher Education offer, in line with its strategic aims, by adding a whole new suite of Technical and Professional Education opportunities (Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Undergraduate Degrees, Masters and Doctoral programmes) in Engineering, Product Design and Technology, with 1250 additional learners by 2024.

  • Creating a new Engineering and Technology Innovation Service that will work with small businesses, larger companies, inventors and entrepreneurs to take
    innovations from prototype to commercialisation.
  • Supporting companies with business-focused PhD, Masters, Undergraduate and
    commercial research projects using state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Offering new business-focused short courses and CPD opportunities, meeting the needs of small and larger companies.

Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£570m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought nearly £600m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock and over the lifetime of the Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes.

The deal and brings new responsibilities and flexibilities and is set to attract a further £960 million extra investment into the South East over the five years.

Find out more here
Funding value: £6.12m
Total Project cost: £21m
Return to Capital Investment