Get ready for a journey into the heart of innovation as we explore the transformative project that is set to breathe new life into the historic Docking Station at Chatham Dockyard. Led by the University of Kent, in partnership with Medway Council and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, this endeavour is not just about refurbishing an old police section house; it’s a ground-breaking initiative to fuse history with cutting-edge technology and creativity.
A Design Marvel by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios
The architectural prowess of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios takes centre stage in the Docking Station project. Their task? To refurbish and extend this historic structure, all while seamlessly blending the old with the new. It’s a delicate dance between preserving the site’s historical charm and incorporating state-of-the-art facilities for the future.
Where History and Creative Entertainment Collide
Situated in the historically rich Chatham Dockyard, the Docking Station is set to expand its horizons. Plans include the addition of a virtual production and motion capture studio, elevating the space to a hub for cinematic creativity and technological advancements in games design.
University of Kent: Pioneering Education in Creative Technology
At the forefront of this innovative venture is the University of Kent. With a vision to create a space where students and professionals can explore digital arts, coding, gaming, AI, cinematography, and digital media, the Docking Station is poised to become a dynamic learning environment.
The Countdown Begins
The project is gearing up for the tendering phase in early 2024, with construction scheduled to kick off in the summer. b&m are delighted to be providing Quantity Surveying services throughout the project.
ICCI: Cultivating Culture and Creative Industries
The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (ICCI) at the University of Kent leads the project, ensuring that the Docking Station becomes a vibrant hub for cultural and creative collaboration and innovation.
Navigating Challenges: A Balancing Act
Preserving history while embracing the future poses its challenges. The Docking Station grapples with its ancient monument status and the presence of the Brunel Saw Mill. The solution? A delicate blend of modernisation that respects the heritage and historical context.
Levelling Up Fund: Investing in the Future
The Docking Station isn’t just a local project; it’s part of the national agenda for regional development. Aligned with the government’s Creative Industries Sector vision, and a recipient of Levelling Up Funding this initiative aims to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the region.
Conclusion: A Fusion of Past and Future
As the Docking Station undergoes its metamorphosis, it promises to be more than just a refurbished building. It’s a testament to the harmonious coexistence of history and innovation, a space where the past converges with the future, creating a legacy for generations to come. Stay tuned for updates as we witness the Docking Station’s evolution into a beacon of creative technology.