ArcelorMittal is funding a rival imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Chatham Docks to that being ahead by the landowner.
The Affiliation of Chatham Docks Business Operators says this might imply £258m a yr being misplaced to the Medway financial system.
Chatham Docks is the final remaining non-tidal port in operation within the southeast of England and trade within the area desires to put it aside.
ArcelorMittal Kent Wire, which has a distribution centre in Chatham, has commissioned London architect SPPARC to design a brand new masterplan for the docks. It’s proposing the development of 100,000 sqm of commercial floorspace.
The proposed SPPARC masterplan contains the creation of a landscaped riverfront route linking St Mary’s Island, a longtime a part of the Chatham Maritime growth space in Medway, with Chatham Waters’ purchasing centre on the mouth of the peninsula. There would even be new piers to enhance the effectivity of the basin and inexperienced buffer zones and group areas subsequent to the outdated lock gates.
ArcelorMittal chief govt Phil Taylor mentioned: “We’ve enlisted SPPARC to ship a masterplan for Chatham Docks that may protect and improve its legacy and heritage. As a number one employer and job creator, it makes no industrial sense to tear out the guts of the Medway’s native financial system.
“Ports within the southeast are already stretched to capability. As Britain seeks to seek out new buying and selling companions internationally, it’s important that profitable locations reminiscent of Chatham Docks are supported in coverage and planning, and develop sustainably, in a coordinated approach, as a crucial part of Britain’s items and manufacturing provide chain.”
SPPARC principal Trevor Morriss mentioned: “Chatham Docks combines all the pieces we worth in a challenge: a historic web site with the potential to generate pleasure of place, shield the prevailing jobs and create extra jobs for the area people, and broader optimistic outcomes for the UK’s infrastructure.”