What Gravesham has to offer
Gravesham has many advantages to residents, visitors, and investors. Compared to other areas, there is good value of housing in a quality environment. All easily connected to London, with the high-speed rail connections into London and Continental Europe.
There are many reasons why Gravesham, is becoming a key business area in the south-east of England.
Gravesend Town Centre is located nearby to the river Thames waterfront. This area is at the centre of regeneration plans, attracting investors, businesses, new residents, and visitors alike.
The town offers a growing range of specialist independent retailers. There are the established High Street names and new experiential leisure, hospitality, and food & drink businesses.
Gravesham has many new housing developments. Including Springhead Park, Southfields, Christian Fields, and riverside apartments at the Canal Basin overlooking the Thames. More than 2,000 new homes have been developed in recent years. This includes affordable housing, providing first-time buyers, key and lower wage workers and existing residents with quality housing.
There are four universities just a short journey away by car and rail. Including Greenwich University, University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University for the Creative Arts. They are all located at the shared purpose-built campus in Medway, which is on the naval ground.
North-West Kent College's main campus was newly transformed at Gravesend. The College ranks second nationally for achievement rates.
Gravesham has two grammar schools and an excellent range of secondary and primary schools. There is also Cobham Hall Girls, Bronte, and Gad's Hill independent fee-paying schools.
Riverside Heritage and Leisure
There have been number of heritage regeneration projects. The £3 million renovation of the Grade II listed Town Pier, the oldest cast iron pier in the world. After decades of decay, it is again accessible to the public, joining a string of river side pubs and restaurants with dramatic views of the river. These alone are an excellent reason to visit Gravesend.
A new pontoon off the Town Pier provides modern facilities. The pontoon is able to receive visiting leisure craft from London or those coming upriver. A popular foot passenger ferry links to Tilbury, giving access to London International Cruise Terminal on the northern bank of the Thames. We are developing long-term potential for new ferry routes from the pontoon to access London Docklands and employment sites such as the new London Gateway deep water container port six miles upstream from the town on the northern banks of the Thames.
A £2 million refurbishment of the Riverside Leisure Area to the east of Gravesend Town Centre has been completed, further enhancing the attractiveness of this riverside vantage point for visitors and residents.
The Port of London has its main headquarters in the Town, with over 1,500 employees. This contributes to the £150 million river-related business brought to the local economy per year.
At least 80% of the borough is rural, with historic villages and exceptional countryside. Some of this, is designated as part of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The land has strong literary connections with Charles Dickens.
Work to protect and provide access to the countryside has taken place, including a £14 million investment of the historic landscape at Cobham Park. This included, new orchards and meadows within the Forestry Commission's community woodland sites at Jeskyn's Farm and at Shorne Woods Country Park, one of the most popular country parks in Kent.