A creative industries accelerator space within the Historic Chatham Dockyard
The Grade II listed Police Section House in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, as a hub for the cultural and creative industries, will harness the transformative power of creative technology to open up new possibilities and futures for young people and the communities of Kent and Medway. Part of the University of Kent, The Docking Station will deliver an international creative hub for technology, performance, and training opportunities, with a focus on immersive digital technology, innovation and research.
Together with returning the Police Section House to use, a new building will host three production studios and associated green rooms. The cutting-edge production centre will providing training, teaching and research opportunities for students, academics, arts and the community.
The essence of the project will be to imbue a sense of the history and permanence of Chatham Dockyard, contrasted with the evolving digital technologies and creations.
John Southall, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Cutting edge technology available to all
Docking Station will offer state-of-the-art digital production studios including LED volume, motion capture, volumetric capture and photogrammetry for students, businesses, and local people. There will be flexible teaching spaces, co-working areas, performance and exhibition spaces all woven into a programme of public events and community engagement. It will be a new bridge between academia, industry and the community.
historic building, future uses
The architecture of the Section House is simple and robust, but also elegant. We retain the characteristics of the existing building: the large walls, the high ceilings, the well proportioned rooms and keep that as a backdrop for the uses of the 21st century. The new state of the art production facility complements the existing building in scale, proportion and positioning. It is designed to be evocative of the dockyard, using materials that are reminiscent of the dockyard, yet contemporary. The project aspires to be an exemplar of low carbon design approaches, meet Passivhaus standards, encourage on-site power generation, maximising opportunities for green infrastructure and biodiversity gain, and minimising waste and encouraging reuse / recycling of materials.