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Nuttall and Van Oord jv takes Kent regeneration

CONTRACTS - THAMES G ATEWAY

A JOINT venture between Nuttall and Dutch firm Van Oord has picked up a £30 million package at a flagship regeneration site in Kent.

The joint venture has taken the main infrastructure contract for Rochester Riverside.

Halcrow is engineering consultant.

The contract was awarded by a combination of Medway Council and the South East England Development Agency. The deal is one of the biggest awarded in the Government's Thames Gateway growth area.

Nuttall and Van Oord will now start the preparatory engineering work on the 30 ha site.

The main work includes removing a wharf and a river wall, which will be replaced by 2.5 km of new wall.

There will also be some ground and water remediation as well as 500,000 cu m of dredged fill to raise the level of the development.

Once completed it will be used for a mixed-use development, for which the council approved planning permission in June.

The scheme will comprise up to 2,000 homes; 7,800 sq m of retail, bars and restaurants; 12,000 sq m of offices;

a hotel; and community facilities including a new primary school, a market, multi-storey car park and a coach park.