Medway hires design expert

Architect Sir Terry Farrell will bring his expertise to a £1bn project designed to rejuvenate Medway.

A “design champion” has been employed by Medway Council as it embarks on multi-million-pound urban regeneration projects. Architect and urban designer Sir Terry Farrell has been asked to bring his international expertise to play on projects in Medway’s £1bn, 20-year regeneration programme. He has visited regeneration sites along 9.7km of the River Medway where investment will deliver some 16,000 new homes and more than 20,000 jobs. Medway is the biggest regeneration area in the Thames Gateway and has attracted the most central-government funding — more than £120m to date. Farrell made headlines by stressing the importance of rural regeneration on the Thames Gateway alongside the urban regeneration of new homes and businesses. He said: “We need to think ‘space positive’ — the importance of space between buildings should be recognised. We need to create a sense of place. I am very enthusiastic about the Medway’s immense potential and great possibilities presented by the river.” Medway’s director of regeneration and development Robin Cooper said: “We look forward to a productive, stimulating involvement in creating new public spaces.”

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