Plans to transform the former Magistrates’ Court and Police station into a ‘co-working hub’ for more than 100 small businesses have been approved.

The building has been closed since 2016, when its functions were transferred to Medway Magistrates’ Court.

Rehoboth Property International will deliver 10,000 sq ft of co-working spaces, a cafe and meeting rooms by refurbishing the existing court rooms and police cells, whilst enhancing the additional floor space available.

This police station has been derelict for roughly 3 years 😱 virtually untouched by vandals this was great to walk around and see what was inside this old building.

Rehoboth Property Intl CEO, Sanmi Adegoke said: “We are delighted to have secured planning consent for this development.

“This development will transform the vacant buildings into a vibrant community co-working space, whilst also preserving the historic context of the buildings. It will also provide a range of facilities for local residents to use.

Our co-working model encourages and facilitates a positive work space by providing suitable, safe, secure environments that stimulate and encourage innovation.

We would like to thank all who have engaged in the planning process and helped to shape our proposals.”

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Construction will be phased, to prevent the site being crowded, and alll workers will be made aware of the site operating protocols to ensure compliance with strict social distancing requirements.

Mr Adegoke: “The safety and economic stability of our construction workers and partners are of paramount importance to us.

“We are confident that measures have been put in place that go above and beyond the government’s guidance for safety.”