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Strood Civic Centre – flood mitigation


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Summer 2019

Medway Council has identified the 3.4ha brownfield Civic Centre as a target mixed use regeneration site to meet the high demand for housing, and to contribute towards aspirations to become a Waterfront University City by 2035.

Flood protection to deliver housing and commercial space

The site is currently at considerable risk of river tidal and surface water flooding and requires protection works before it can be redeveloped. It is currently used as a car park. Once protected, i.e. raised above forecast flood levels, it will be transformed into an area of prime, high quality residential lead mixed use development with potential for premium housing, offering fantastic views of Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral and access to the River Medway. Flood mitigation works will enable a feasible, flood resilient, mixed use regeneration site. Due to residual flood risks, ground floor space can be used for commercial premises, complementing the nearby Innovation Studios Strood as a satellite of Innovation Centre Medway.

Employment land

Regeneration of the site will provide employment land, targeted at SMEs, encouraging local cafes, restaurants and independent retailers, enabling job creation and innovation through sector clustering. The overall development will make a significant contribution towards increasing employment in the area, supporting the objective of adding to the housing stock to accommodate the increasing population level and helping Medway’s Regeneration Strategy for the area. In addition, the mixed use development will encourage a vibrant environment where people will enjoy living and socialising and which will grow the local economy.

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

£579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

Find out more here
Funding value: £3.5m
Total Project cost: £92.0m
Return to Capital Investment