Welcome to Basin3
Basin3 campus – a new location for business and enterprise on Medway’s waterfront
Your input holds significant value to us and we are excited to share our early concepts and vision for Basin3 with you to accomplish.
The consultation period is open from 21st November to 7pm on the 5th December 2023.
Insights and suggestions from local residents, businesses, students and employers will play a pivotal role in shaping our designs and plans.
We believe that Basin3 is a transformative opportunity, read on to find out more.
Past, Present & Future.
The Royal Navy splits St Mary's Creek into three basins.
The Government closes the naval base, and the land around the water basin becomes an Industrial Estate operating as a commercial industrial port.
Existing leases will come to an end and the commercial port will close.
We will open up the Basin3 waterfront to the public for the first time ever, creating a new tree lined promenade stretching over half a kilometre and connecting St Mary’s Island with Chatham Waters. The plans include dedicated routes for pedestrians and cyclists, along with green spaces to play, relax and meet.
The Industrial Estate's comprehensive regeneration plays a pivotal role in setting the stage for an eco-friendly and sustainable future, addressing critical aspects in the following ways:
Efficient use of
This unique brownfield site, nestled between the riverfront and universities, within reach of existing services and transport nodes in Gillingham and Chatham provides a rare opportunity for regeneration on this scale.
Significant improvements to flood resilience will be delivered as part of the redevelopment of the site. New green spaces and enhancements to biodiversity will also form part of the proposals. This forms a critical part of our commitment to a sustainable and environmentally conscious future.
We’re targeting BREEAM ratings of ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent,’ for Basin3 as energy and carbon reduction is a cornerstone of our plans. Additionally, we're exploring opportunities for green energy generation, such as solar panels, as part of our commitment to a sustainable future.
and Sustainable Transport
Enhanced Connectivity and Sustainable Transport – Our investment in a new waterside footpath and cycle way will enhance connectivity, giving the local community more choices for local carbon travel rather than getting in the car.
Relocating existing heavy industrial facilities away from people’s homes is key. This move will markedly enhance air quality and reduce industrial-related traffic, fostering a healthier and more sustainable environment for the community.
How does Basin3
support the wider
vision for Medway’s waterfront?
Objective: Securing jobs and developing skills for a competitive economy
Economic Growth and Sustainable Regeneration
The council is seeking to boost the performance of the local economy by supporting local businesses to grow and innovate; and attracting inward investment and re-locations, through the provision of a portfolio of good quality employment spaces that meet the needs of businesses today and in the future.
Through the transformation of brownfield land into a cutting-edge business and enterprise campus, Basin3 represents a step towards sustainable urban development. It aims to efficiently use land resources, introducing eco-friendly infrastructure, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable transport options, aligning with Medway's broader sustainability goals
Job Creation and Talent Retention
Basin3 will attract high-value jobs in target growth sectors s including creative industries and advanced manufacturing, potentially tripling current job numbers on the site.
Through the creation of new, dynamic space, where business can thrive, we aspire to retain talent locally, reducing out-commuting and keeping those educated in Medway, a part of its economic future.
During the construction phase there will be significant numbers of construction jobs for local people. As the vision for the regeneration of the whole area evolves through the Local Plan process, there will be many other opportunities that could be realised include hotel, restaurants, bars, retail and leisure uses.
Innovation and Education
Ideally situated by the university cluster, Basin3 serves as an incubator for local businesses to thrive, fostering innovation, and nurturing a collaborative environment. This strategic location significantly amplifies the potential to draw inward investments, especially for businesses seeking to leverage a robust graduate skills base. This synergy aims to cultivate and sustain a spectrum of higher-skilled work opportunities in Medway, empowering the region's workforce and propelling innovation forward.
Media & creative
Such as TV & film, studio space, and postproduction
Including robotics, R&D, sci-tech, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, urban logistics.
Start Ups and
For example, breweries, coffee roasters, makers.
We are seeking outline planning permission for the Basin3 proposals which will open up half a kilometre of waterfront to the public and triple the number of jobs on site.
Through the outline application, we’ll be applying to safeguard a route along the waterfront for cyclists and pedestrians and set some principles for what the new buildings could look like. More detail will then follow as part of reserved matters applications if outline planning permission is granted and there will be more opportunities for people to comment in due course
You’re invited to
shape the future.
Events: Come and talk to us in person
Tuesday 21st November
2pm to 8pm
Unit 4 Ground Floor,
Gillingham Gate Road,
Want to meet us in person and have a conversation over a cuppa? Come and talk to us and find out more about Basin3 at our in-person event at Chatham Waters. The event is free to attend and there is no need to book a place in advance.
What to expect:
- Discover our Vision: Learn about the proposed plans and exciting developments.
- Share Your Insights: Your thoughts, ideas, and feedback are crucial. Your input shapes our project!
- Interactive: Engage with the team, ask questions, and be part of the conversation.
If you can’t make it to one of our in-person events, we would still love to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments about Basin3 here.
Who we are.
Basin3 will be developed by waterside regeneration specialists Peel Waters, and it will be designed and delivered in partnership with some of the UK’s leading and most innovative architects, designers, planners and infrastructure specialists.
About Peel Waters
Peel Waters is a UK wide portfolio of vibrant and innovative, waterfront developments. Each site is developed to regenerate its unique waterside setting, ensuring that the area is once again a thriving, community-led, world class destination.
The Peel Waters portfolio started with the design, creation, and delivery of MediaCity at Salford Quays. The portfolio now spans over 900 acres, across six UK-wide sites, delivering large-scale regeneration projects, creating new jobs, economic growth, new homes and new public realm across the country.
As an established, trusted, partner of choice; each Peel Waters development is delivered in partnership with leading developers, designers, construction firms and investors to create new-style neighbourhoods which offer a wide variety of high-quality, sustainable homes and well-connected communities.
Peel Waters is part of the family run, Peel Group which has been operating across the UK for over 50 years.
The Peel Waters Portfolio includes:
Find out more about some of Peel’s projects here:
What we’ve delivered
so far in Medway
Peel Waters has been an important force in driving growth and progress in Medway for a decade. The ongoing development at Chatham Waters is a testament to our commitment. Over the years, Peel has successfully created a new mixed use community, including new homes, the UTC and a variety of leisure and retail spaces. We’ve also delivered new road infrastructure, flood defences, and a variety of inviting public space, including the first part of the waterfront promenade along the edge of the basin. Here's a glimpse of some of our notable development highlights:
What’s been delivered?
- £125 million has been invested into Chatham Waters so far.
- 750 jobs have been created.
Places to Live
- 391 homes have been completed on site.
- 237 additional affordable homes will be completed by Summer ’24.
- 74 Elderly living homes will be under construction by the start of 2024.
Places to study
- The Waterfront UTC finished construction in 201
- 230 students currently study there.
- Students are regularly working on projects at Chatham Waters, through work experience opportunities, placements and ongoing employment opportunities.
Places to enjoy
- Phase one of our infrastructure works has been completed, this includes our high-quality public realm, improved roads and the creation of new ponds and parks to support local biodiversity and access to nature.
- The waterfront promenade created, opening up the waterfront and starting to be utilised for events.
- Mast and Rigging pub & restaurant and Asda Superstore with petrol station; a new Londis has now opened.
Love the concept
Does it sound like the place you want to base your business?
You can register your interest in taking a space here.
Where will Basin3 be located?
Basin3 is circa 18 acres in size and comprises the land to the north of Pier Road sandwiched between the University of Kent (Medway Campus) and University of Greenwich to the south, residential development on St Mary’s Island to the west, existing dock basin to the north and the Waterfront UTC and residential development at Chatham Waters to the east.
Is Basin3 part of the existing Chatham Waters development?
No, Basin3 is the first part of the wider masterplan vision for the area to come forward. This vision was presented to the community last summer (June 22). There is a wider masterplan for the industrial estate as the commercial port will close in the next few years when the port operator’s lease ends and there is a need to deliver a sustainable future for Medway.
Why is this site the first being put forward for development?
We listened to residents and community stakeholders when we consulted last summer (June 22) and a key theme was the need for employment space, this is why this part of the site is the first being put forward.
What will happen to the current tenants located on the site?
All existing businesses have been contacted to discuss relocation opportunities, as Peel wish to work with occupiers to help facilitate relocation to ensure that jobs (and supply chain jobs) can be safeguarded where possible. Investigations have identified suitable land for relocation for all these occupiers.
Why will the commercial port close?
As a legacy naval base, the facility (and particularly the 100-year-old lock gates) require regular and costly maintenance. By 2025, the refurbished gates will need replacing and the cost for replacing the gates in each of the two locks is in excess of £35 million. There is no funding available for this capital investment and the commercial operation of the Port will therefore need to close.
Why is it called Basin3?
Celebrating Medway’s maritime heritage is important to us. The Industrial Estate sits within Basin3 of Chatham’s former Naval Dockyard which closed in 1984.
Basin 3 was originally part of St Mary's Creek before the area was split into three basins by the Royal Navy back in 1854.
Each Basin is now establishing a distinct identity. Basin 1 is a well-used marina and Basin 2 is used for leisure and water sports. Basin3 is currently underutilised and inaccessible to the community to walk/cycle through, meaning Basin3 isn’t connected to the other Basins and wider community. We believe Basin3 has the potential to become a highly sustainable business and enterprise campus which brings new opportunities, jobs and economic growth to the area, as well as attracting and retaining talent within Medway.
Who will be able to work at Basin3?
The space is extremely flexible and would support a range of industries.
Located just 36 minutes from London, the proposed new development could attract TV and Film Studios whilst supporting other jobs in the media and cultural sectors.
The space could be used for manufacturing, research & development, sci-tech innovation or urban logistics.
Smaller workshops will support independent employment and manufacturing, e.g., breweries, coffee roasters and makers
Who operates the water basin?
The industrial estate and the water basin are owned by Peel Waters and the lock gates are operated and maintained under a lease to Peel Ports (the harbour authority). Of the existing businesses on the industrial estate, only five require access to the port facility. In the next few years, the tenant leases will expire and the port will close.