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Our Community

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is more than a museum and visitor attraction, it is also a great place to live and work.

There is a thriving business community with over 120 small businesses employing over 1,000 people. A variety of companies are based here including high-tech design companies, management companies, solicitors, accountants, ship builders, sign writers and traditional craft businesses, such as wood carving and furniture restoration. All these businesses are housed in buildings ranging from properties that have been refurbished to a very high specification, to more traditional premises retaining their original character.

There are also 115 homes within The Historic Dockyard’s walls – in properties that range from historic residences, large and small, to modern new homes.

The site has 24-hour security and is only 35 miles from central London with good dual-carriageway / motorway connections to the M2, M20, M25 and A2.

Commercial Property

Originally constructed for naval purposes, these buildings have been restored, adapted, refurbished and given a new lease of life – brought back into use as offices, studios, workshops and for light industrial uses.

A wide range of business activities operate from buildings within the Dockyard. At the centre of the Dockyard are the Admiral’s Offices which are now home to a range of companies including Solicitors, Ship operators, Management Consultants and Architects. The Guard House is home to an Opticians whilst the ground floor of the Sail and Colour Loft provides open plan offices for two Design Companies. Workshop and light industrial occupiers include Wood Carvers, Fountain Designers, Furniture Restorers, Lighting Hire companies and Sign writers

Business accommodation within the Dockyard is varied and ranges from a single office of approximately 100sq.ft, larger offices and office suites, storage units and workshops/light industrial space from a small studio area up to 25,000sq.ft plus. Demand for units is always strong and many of our tenants have been with us for several years.

For details of currently available space or to add your name to our waiting list please contact 01634 823820.


There is much variety with residential properties ranging from original historic houses such as the 12 magnificent Officers Terrace residences – each with their own walled garden – to the South Stables, recently restored and converted to form 6 individual properties providing 2 and 3 bedroom accommodation. There are also newer properties including apartments and Town Houses. Each property benefits from off road parking and 24 hour security.

Most of the Historic Dockyard’s residential properties have been sold on long leases and are now marketed by local estate agents. Some of these properties are available to rent from the leaseholders and details can be found via the local estate agents or newspapers.