Plans to regenerate former Kingsnorth power station site proposing new opportunities for Medway, Kent
- Uniper is bringing forward proposals to enable the redevelopment of the former Kingsnorth power station site
- MedwayOne has the potential to create more than 2,000 permanent jobs once the site is fully occupied
- Plans will be on show at a virtual public consultation from Wednesday 3rd February until Wednesday 24th February 2021
Proposals are being developed by Uniper to enable the redevelopment of the former Kingsnorth power station site, which was demolished in 2018, on the Hoo Peninsula, Medway, Kent.
The proposed development – known as MedwayOne, will seek to regenerate part of this strategic brownfield site into a modern and sustainable development that would create new opportunities for skilled jobs and attract long-term investment into the region.
Uniper plans to submit an outline planning application for the 279 acre site in Spring 2021, which will establish the principles for development. Prior to the submission, Uniper is inviting local people to a virtual public exhibition to understand and shape the proposals for MedwayOne, alongside a series of online question and answer sessions with the project team, during February 2021.
Our vision proposes a mixture of commercial, manufacturing and industrial spaces, along with the potential for storage, distribution and data centre uses; all of which are intended to attract leading national and international companies to the site. An Energy Hub is also part of the proposal, and this could provide an energy source, steam and heat for neighbouring businesses, as well as a district heating scheme for the proposed housing development – Hoo Rural Town.
Adam Archer, MedwayOne Project Manager for Uniper, said:
“MedwayOne provides a unique opportunity to attract inward investment into Medway through the delivery of up to 330,000 sqm of new employment space, which could complement and support future planned growth in Medway. The redevelopment of this brownfield site has the potential to bring a range of benefits including, around 2,000 to 2,500 permanent, full-time equivalent jobs once MedwayOne is fully occupied; and, around 700 construction jobs over the lifetime of the build.”
Adam continued: “Uniper has been working extensively with local authorities and stakeholders to develop the proposals for redevelopment of the site. And we are now keen to hear local people’s thoughts on the proposals. We encourage the local community to view the virtual exhibition, and hope to see as many people as possible at our live Q&A sessions.”
The virtual public exhibition room will be available online from Wednesday 3rd February until Wednesday 24th February 2021.
Members of the project team will be available to discuss any queries or comments people may have about the proposals at three live, online question and answer sessions. These will be held on Zoom and will take place on the following days:
- Thursday 11th February at 19:00 – 20:00
- Saturday 13th February at 10:30 – 11:30
- Monday 15th February at 15:30 – 16:30
For more information about the virtual exhibition and live, online Q&A sessions, please contact the community information line by phone on 020 7446 6853 or visit the project website: www.MedwayOne.co.uk.
Uniper is a leading international energy company with around 11,500 employees and activities in more than 40 countries. With about 34 GW of installed generation capacity, Uniper is among the largest global power generators. Its main activities include power generation in Europe and Russia as well as global energy trading, including a diversified gas portfolio that makes Uniper one of Europe’s leading gas companies. The company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, being the third-largest listed German utility. Under its new strategy, Uniper aims to become climate neutral in its European power generation by 2035.
About Uniper UK
In the UK, Uniper operates a flexible generation portfolio of seven power stations, and a fast-cycle gas storage facility. A broad range of commercial activities are offered through the Engineering Services division, while the Uniper Engineering Academy delivers high-quality technical training and government-accredited apprenticeship programmes for the utility, manufacturing and heavy industry sectors.
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