Working in Chatham Maritime

Hundreds of people come to work in the South Maritime Estate every day

The South Maritime Estate (sometimes known as the South of Basin Estate), is home to the commercial and leisure elements of the Estate and the Universities at Medway.

South Maritime includes the Pembroke conservation area, originally built in c.1903 as the HMS Pembroke shore-based training establishment and now primarily occupied by the Universities of Medway.

#The Universities of Medway is a unique collaboration which brings together the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent, and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide a huge new campus at Chatham Maritime.

As well as the Universities, the South Maritime Estate is home to the Dockside Outlet Centre, the Odeon Cinemas, Flip Out, the Travelodge Hotel, and the Ship & Trades public house.

South Maritime also contains offices for several national and local organisations including HCA, RBS, Lloyds of London, Xchanging, Kreston Reeves, dgb Solicitors, MHS Homes, Busy Bees Day Nursery, Bose  and Handelsbanken.  One Savings Bank moved into Queen Charlotte House in September 2015 and also took up occupation of a floor in  The Observatory in the summer of 2017.      

The Copper Rivet Distillery at Pump House No. 5.  The brand new craft distillery is now open to the public.  As well as producing a range of premium gin, vodka and whisky spirits, the facility is open to visitors to see the distilling process in action, experiment with tastes in the laboratory and sample the premium Kentish craft spirits. It is the first business of its kind in the Medway area and one of just a few in the country that will be responsible for the whole distillation process from grain to glass, with everything from the raw grains used in the spirits, to the stills being sourced and built by craftsmen in the local area. 

The distillery is in the former Pump House, a Victorian building that was used to pump water out of the dry docks, and is the latest and most significant dockyard building to be brought back to use.  

The distillery has received it's first international award for vodka within six months of its first distillation.  The family-owned distillery was awarded a double gold for its Vela Vodka at the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  The spirit uses grain from the Isle of Sheppey and a recipe created by head distiller Abhi Banik.  The distillery has also received approval from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Richard Watling, following a recent gin sampling session.  This is further recognition for their product.             

Due to popular demand the Visitor Centre and Bar area at the Copper Rivet Distillery is now open seven days a week so you can pop in for a g&t or indulge in one of their classic cocktails.  Opening times are:  

  • Monday - Tuesday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday:  10 am to 9 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday:  12 pm to 5 pm       

The distillery has started production of Kent's first single malt whisky.  In February they took delivery of seventy Bourbon barrels from the United States and barreling of the first of their MASTHOUSE Whisky began in March.   This is made following the strict traditions and regulations laid down for Scotch whisky; the spirit needs to be brewed and distilled on the same site to qualify as a single malt.  The whisky will exclusively feature Kentish spring barley grown especially for the Copper Rivet Distillery by farming partners Burden Bros.  The barley will be malted to head distiller Abhishek Banik's specification, before being milled, mashed and fermented on site.  The wash will then be distilled twice through the distillery's whisky still called Sandy, before being matured in Bourbon oak casks to produce a multi-layered and well-balanced light and fruity whisky, with an underlying nutty richness with hints of spicy oak, cloves and vanilla bean and hints of fruity rose characteristics. 

MASTHOUSE Whisky is anticipated for initial release in 2020.  

Take a look at their website for further information and to book tours. 

Susan Robinson, Partner and Head of Charities and Not For Profit at Kreston Reeves, was recognised at the Kent Women in Business Awards 2015 by achieving a runner-up place.  This event celebrates the achievements of female professionals throughout Kent and across all sectors of business.  Individuals are recognised for their creativity, customer service, leadership and professionalism.  Susan said "I am passionate about the work the Not For Profit sector does and will continue to support projects to enable them to reach their full potential in benefitting the communities in which they work."     

In September 2016 Kreston Reeves was awarded 'International Business Referrer' of the year at the Kreston International Awards 2016, a global network of independent accounting firms.  Clive Stevens, Chairman of Kreston Reeves, commented "Our international reach and expertise is unrivalled - a commitment that is reflected in our name and all that we do.  We look forward to continuing to help more of our clients in their global endeavours."   

In the same month Partners and staff at Kreston Reeves took part in a number of cycle events in London, Sussex and Kent clocking up a significant number of miles to help raise funds.  The cycle challenges were in aid of supporting local office charities.  The Partners and staff biked up to 107 miles in a variety of locations.  Senior Partner, Andrew Griggs, commenced activities by cycling from central London to Windsor with other team members covering a distance of 57 miles.  Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner, said "We were a mixed group of age ranges and abilities but we all had one goal - to raise as much money as we can for these important charities.  I am proud to say that we continue to support our chosen charities in many wonderful ways from raising money from cake sales, quiz events to sky dives, but this cycle challenge represents the ongoing level of commitment in our pursuit of fundraising." 

Kreston Reeves contribute significantly in fundraising throughout the year with a variety of activities and time commitment and already have plans for 2017.  

Kreston Reeves Financial Planning has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 'Adviser Firm of the Year (South East)' category at the Professional Adviser Awards 2017.  These awards are hosted by Professional Adviser, which provides content for client-facing advisers, paraplanners and business owners.  They work in partnership with Investment Week to deliver breaking news and analysis for wealth managers.  More than 200 firms have entered the awards which seek to reward excellence in financial advice and the wider sector.   

MHS Homes employee, Maria Soleil, Digital Communications Co-ordinator, won the Mark Hanson award for excellence in social media at the UK Social Media Communications Awards held in 2015.  The national wards celebrate the very best in UK social media communications and reward the individuals, companies and organisations that are using online platforms to communicate in innovative ways.  The Mark Hanson award seeks to recognise the brightest and most promising social media professional under 30.  Maria joined MHS Homes in 2013 and is responsible for the company's digital communications output, including managing the website, social media channels, email marketing and video production.    

MHS Homes Sleep Out for 2016.  This biennial event took place in January 2016 in the car park of their Broadside office to raise funds for their chosen charity of 2016, Pancreatic Cancer UK and homelessness charity, Shelter.   Sleepers braved the elements to raise £8,300.  

MHS Homes has maintained it's Investors in People Gold accreditation.  MHS Homes was originally awarded this back in 2012 and has maintained it since through regular reviews.  Investors in People is a national quality standard which defines good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people.  MHS Homes has been praised for its recently introduced agile working practices, lean business improvement processes and their commitment to the local community as well as its innovative and forward thinking.  For further details about the accreditation visit    

In February 2017 MHS has been awarded best companies to work for status and secured a place in the 'top 100 best not for profit companies to work for' list.  This was achieved by scoring highly in a survey of employees conducted in September 2016.  The results will be used to look at what they are doing well and where possible improvements can be made.     

South Maritime is primarily non-residential with the exception of the Chatham Quays development overlooking the basins, which provides 300 flats, and with a possible further scheme proposed for the southern boundary of the site, in conjunction with neighbours Chatham Historic Dockyard.

South Maritime also houses the land-based facilities of Chatham Maritime Marina.

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