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On Tuesday, the University of Kent, in partnership with Medway Council, previewed their upcoming Docking station project. The project is set for completion in early 2025 and promises to bring a new lease of life to the creative industries in Medway.

“Docking Station will transform the Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument and former Police Section House, situated just to the north of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, into a unique creative facility.”

The Docking Station will be ‘a game-changing space for the cultural and creative industries in Kent, and a world-leading research centre for advanced technology development.’

The new space will allow the University of Kent to deliver new opportunities to students and young people in the area. This will include focused courses in Game Design and Screen Skills, industry partnerships, local outreach programmes, and short courses for skills development.

Kent’s student union president, Zaid Mahmood, spoke to Create South East and said that they felt:

“The docking station brings great opportunities to the area… The project offers the chance to rejuvenate the area and offer young people opportunities in the creative industry. This feels particularly important in a time when the creative industries are already under attack.”

The evening showcased some of the technology that could become part of the Docking Station project. From 360 photo imaging, to the video gaming experience which used of the worlds smallest motion capture system. It was a showcase of talent and ambition in the area.

The University’s Director of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries, Catherine Richardson, said:

The Docking station is the answer to the question.. “How do we educate people for the creative industries roles of the future?”

Create South East’s cohort 1 members, KMTV, were also in attendance of the event, showcasing their skills and current projects. It was great to see some of our programme members involved in a new and exciting project for the area!