Consultants Royal Haskoning will produce a masterplan for the Port of Sheerness in Kent, having been appointed by The Peel Group.
The masterplan will precede a 15 year regeneration programme for the area – one of the largest regeneration projects in the South East of England.
The project will comprise a major port expansion, a promenade, a new landmark marina, light industrial space and new housing.
A proposed land reclamation in the Thames Estuary could provide over 120 hectares of new land, which would be shared between the port and new development. New deep water berths would enable an expansion of port capacity.
Reviving the area
It is hoped that the project will revive the area’s 16th Century naval heritage, re-establish Sheerness as a visitor destination and almost double its population.
“The economic health of Sheerness is directly linked to the port, which is now at capacity in many areas and must expand to consolidate its position as a vital gateway for the South East,” said Dale Thomson, Royal Haskoning Principal Consultant.
“The port is now at capacity in many areas and must expand.”
Dale Thomson, Royal Haskoning
“To do that, it needs to reclaim land and with that comes the opportunity to create a new community around a major marina that will attract new visitors, businesses, and therefore jobs, to the area.”
“With support from local and regional partners we are confident that we can bring forward a masterplan which will help regenerate the town and bring new investment and jobs to the area,” said Phil Rothwell, Senior Development Planning Manager for The Peel Group.
Royal Haskoning will lead the masterplan alongside VHP Architects, Knight Frank, Scott Wilson and Rubicon Regeneration.