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Docking Station

Set to open in Summer 2025, the Docking Station will inspire young people to choose the new creative courses of study in Medway and bridge the gap for graduates between university and the world of business through industry placements...

Project Overview

Docking Station will repurpose the Police Section House, a derelict Scheduled Ancient Monument, at the Historic Dockyard in Medway, and construct a new signature building to the rear of the property to house a suite of specialised digital studios, creating a world-leading centre for CCI with a focus on digital creative production and education. This will enable the University of Kent to develop an exciting new educational and research and innovation offer for the digital creative industries, facilitating new ways of working with industry and improving employability outcomes, creating new research and innovation opportunities, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting new students to a creative digital portfolio in Medway.

Medway is the second largest conurbation (Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Strood and Rainham) in the Southeast outside London and the biggest regeneration zone within the Thames Gateway. This flagship development will inspire investment in Medway’s creative and cultural industries, reinforcing Chatham’s position as a key cultural production hub within the Thames Estuary Production Corridor and cementing the University’s commitment to high-quality education, research, and civic impact. Radically different new course development and new industry partnerships alongside state-of-the-art immersive technologies at MDS will enable the University to maximise the potential of this growing sector, which combines STEM and Arts and Humanities, and offer industry-focused flexible learning opportunities with excellent employability outcomes. Project Managed by Mark Ashmore, MDS will be eco-friendly, iconic, and inclusive in its design, provide opportunities for knowledge exchange in the Creative and Cultural sector which will drive innovation, collaboration, and research, and fuel the growth of the Medway creative economy.