Bid to make riverside area of Rochester a European gem

By Geoff Sawyer Open spaces, landscaping and a riverside walk will figure in the Rochester Riverside regeneration project in Kent — if the government approves plans. Medway District Council and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) have appointed Edmund Nuttall/Van Oord as the main contractor to carry out infrastructure works, including a new river wall and raising the site as a flood precaution. Earlier this year, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister awarded the project £42.2 million. The plans for the open spaces, landscaping and river walk, infrastructure, housing, business, community facilities and hotel are backed by the council and SEEDA, and have been sent to the government for approval. The council teamed up with SEEDA in 2003 to work on plans for the 1.6km-long, 30ha site, with the aim of turning Rochester into a first-class European centre as part of the giant Thames Gateway regeneration scheme.

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