Medway, includes Gillingham, Chatham, Strood, Rochester, Rainham and is in easy reach of Maidstone and Gravesend, England. Medway is a conurbation and unitary authority in Kent, South East England. The unitary authority was formed when the City of Rochester-upon-Medway amalgamated with Gillingham Borough Council and part of Kent County Council to form Medway Council, a unitary authority independent of Kent County Council.
Medway is one of the boroughs included in the Thames Gateway development scheme. It is also the home of Universities at Medway, a tri-partite collaboration of the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University on a single campus in Chatham, together with the University for the Creative Arts, which has a campus in Rochester.
The population of Medway is projected to increase to around 300,000 by 2028. Medway Council foresees total investment on development to be in excess of £1 billion over a 20-year period.
Medway Waterfront Seven miles (11 km) of waterfront and surrounding areas along the River Medway. The project aims to create 16,000 new homes and 23,000 new jobs for the Medway area as a whole.
Rochester riverside In Rochester, a 74-acre (30-hectare) area of brown field land between the river and the railway line is being developed with high-density housing. Up to 50 homes per hectare will be built. The site will also include a primary school, two hotels, business centre, health centre, cafes, restaurants, bars and various commercial units.
Chatham centre and waterfront Numerous developments are proposed for the Chatham area including widening and straightening Union Street, development and improvements to The Brook and new developments at Gun Wharf and Chatham Waterfront. One such development at Chatham Waterfront (the area between Rochester railway station and Chatham Dockyard) is The Quays, a mixed-use development comprising two 20-storey residential towers, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Medway Gate A major development in Strood between Medway Valley Park and junction 2 of the M2 motorway, much of the Medway Gate development is inside a large abandoned chalk pit. The area has seen the building of over 400 homes since work began in 2006, including 125 affordable homes.
Strood riverside Redevelopment including new homes and a landscaped play area were completed in the 1990s, but there are plans to extend this development further along the river beyond Strood railway station with another 500 to 600 homes to be built, the waterfront developed with new recreational and leisure facilities, and access to the station, town centre and Medway City estate to be improved.
Temple Waterfront This 173-acre (70-hectare) area between the river and Morgan's Timber yard in Strood (formerly a Templar farm) has plans for 600 homes to be built along with 161,458 square feet (15,000 square metres) of commercial space and a new two-hectare site for Morgan's Timber.
Medway has a population of over 278,016 people.
Medway is twinned with: Valenciennes (France) • Yokosuka and Itō (Japan) • Cádiz (Spain) • Foshan (China).