Innovation Studios, Strood - Modular Construction Project
Ealing, London

JCJ Construction was appointed as the principal contractor by QED Sustainable Urban Development for this innovative development for Medway Council.

Customised shipping containers have been used to create Medway Council’s new Innovation Studios Strood at Watermill Wharf, offering small and medium sized companies a sustainable, robust and affordable premises solution.

The demand for enterprise space locally is growing, with the economy worth around £4.8billion and more than 17,460 businesses calling Medway home. The area’s target growth rate is twice the national average and as per Medway’s Local Plan, 17,000 jobs are set to be created by 2035. 2015 GVA (gross value added) figures show a 5% growth on the 2014 level, which is more than the south east and UK growth of 3.2% and 2.6% over the same period.

Medway Council’s Innovation Studios Strood comprises 15 office spaces and 18 storage units which has been created using a kit of moveable and reusable parts based on shipping containers.

The project included:

  • 8 14.8m2 office units
  • 7 29.7m2 office units
  • 18 Storage units
  • 1 Shared meeting room
  • 1 Shared kitchen and toilet unit
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“We opted to go with the unusual shipping container style build because they compliment the site’s industrial heritage, could be delivered quickly and are cost efficient. The units, which also incorporate storage, are an innovative way of providing office space for businesses.”

Cllr Jane Chitty - Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation

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