Chatham Waters

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About Chatham Waters

Peel L&P acquired the historic Chatham Naval Dockyard in Kent in September 2006. In 2013, outline planning was secured to deliver a 'world class' regeneration of this former underutilised brownfield site. Using the expertise of the Peel L&P team, a new brand identity has been created for this former docks site and the area is now formally known as 'Chatham Waters'.

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History of Chatham Waters

The Chatham Waters development is proposed on 26 acres of land at Chatham Docks which is part of the Peel-owned Medway Ports (part of Peel Ports which is a division of The Peel Group). The development site is currently underutilised brownfield land and will become vacant in 2012. The dockyard was used as a naval military facility until the dockyards were closed in 1984. The docks reopened as a commercial port operation on 1st April 1985. Nowadays, Chatham Dock handles in excess of 1 million tonnes of cargo a year and occupies one of three basins of the former naval dockyard. Medway Ports has a landlord role, operating one berth itself. The Chatham Waters development will enable further investment in dock infrastructure.

To retain the commercial port in the medium to long term requires significant investment in port infrastructure. Creating a mixed-use regeneration of the scale proposed will secure the value necessary to make that capital investment and secure the future of Chatham Docks for the next 20 years.


The Chatham Waters waterfront redevelopment is located at Chatham Docks which is located approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Gillingham Town Centre, 3.5 kilometres north east of Chatham Town Centre and 50 kilometres from central London.

The site is bordered to the north by the River Medway and to the east is a mixed use development known as Victory Pier which is currently under construction by Berkeley Homes. To the south, vehicular access is taken from the A289 Pier Road, which is a dual carriageway, on the opposite side to the main Chatham Police Headquarters.

Chatham Waters will offer those based here a delightful waterside environment with great rail and road links to Central London, Canterbury, Maidstone and West Malling. Some of the most beautiful Kent countryside and seaside locations are also within close proximity offering a number of outdoor activities.


A number of plans showing various aspects of the site can be found here. The regeneration of the site will help tackle unemployment and align with the policy objectives for Medway Unitary Authority and the wider Thames Gateway region.

Chatham Waters has been carefully planned to ensure that the regeneration of this former brownfield site delivers a truly inspirational new destination. Peel have worked closely with Medway Council to ensure that Chatham Waters not only complements but enhances the surrounding area.

The Masterplan includes:


The site has a number of natural assets in support of the proposed development.

The residential aspect of the development will be at higher levels giving superb views out over the River Medway and will have a mix of retail and leisure units below. This will create a hive of activity around the waterfront and allow residents and visitors to make the most of this wonderful space. A large parkland boulevard is proposed through the middle of the development around which commercial buildings will be placed. This will give the units a delightful view and make the buildings a pleasing place for employees to work.

A civic square is also planned for the front of the site to be anchored by Event City, an exhibition and event space. The civic square and Event City will create a focal point on the quayside. A hotel and other proposed leisure uses will front Pier Road to give maximum visibility to the numerous cars which pass each day.


The proposed uses include offices, residential buildings, student accommodation, a hotel, conference and leisure and events facilities, education facilities, retail uses including a foodstore and an energy centre.

The planning application also allows for open space and landscaping as well as parking and infrastructure works.


Overall, the scheme has the potential to deliver circa 1.9 million sq. ft. of floorspace which is similar to the scale of Peel’s MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays.

An outline planning application has been approved for Chatham Waters by Medway Council. The application was supported by a number of technical reports including an Environmental Statement to assess the significance of any impacts in relation to matters including heritage, flooding and highways.

A selection of visuals are available below.


The development will be funded by an estimated £650 million private sector investment by The Peel Group.

Peel has an unrivalled track record of delivering proposals of this scale including MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, The Trafford Centre in Manchester and Gloucester Quays. The Group also has a number of major projects in the delivery pipeline including Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters in the North West of England.

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