Quinn celebrates Topping Out

Quinn Estates has marked a significant milestone in the construction of the new Ashford Commercial Quarter – and with 75% of space already let, the building is poised to add the latest chapter to the success of Kent’s International Town.

Mark Quinn CEO, Quinn Estates was joined at the site on Monday (2/10) by Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, and Tracey Kerly, Chief Executive, and George Wilson MBE, Chairman GW Wilson, for the topping-out ceremony.

Work on the Ashford Commercial Quarter began in January 2017 and will create a total of 80,500 sq ft. of space in the first phase alone.

The project, being undertaken in partnership with George Wilson Developments, is on course for completion in January 2018, within a year of commencement of the build. Its prime central location in Dover Place, a stone’s throw from Ashford International Station and the newly opened £26m Ashford College campus has made this prestigious site, one of the most sought-after business locations in the county.

Mark Quinn said:

“Ashford is a really exciting place right now and we are delighted to be onsite and delivering. The Ashford Commercial Quarter is 75% full and we are in discussions with a financial services group to take the remaining space.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for businesses looking to relocate locally, or from London and further afield. The International Passenger Station is almost adjacent to the development site, making this an ideal commuting location.

“Overall, this project is expected to create 600 jobs for the borough and is the result of the council and ourselves working together to make things happen.”

Cllr Gerry Clarkson said: “The Commercial Quarter makes a strong statement about the borough’s economic position, our can-do attitude as an authority, our sharp commercial focus and the confidence that key businesses and developers have in the borough.

“I am confident it will be a catalyst for delivery of new jobs and opportunities that our international town of Ashford needs. This is a key strategic site, which has been earmarked for development for some time. Yet it is only since this council stepped in and acquired it and undertook its own master planning and marketing that this proposal has come forward.

“I am pleased to hear from the developers behind this, Quinn Estates, there is great interest in the first new modern office block, which reinforces our belief and that of others, Ashford is the number one business location in Kent.”

The development, which includes office, restaurant and retail space – combined with sufficient parking space and sustainable landscaping - will create 481 full-time jobs when finished.

More than 300 construction jobs have already been created and accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, is the first tenant taking up the top floor, with the cosmetic dentist set to take on a ground floor spot.

Early occupiers will benefit from full flexibility in the final layout and configuration of the floor space, which is available from suites of 1,600sq.ft. to whole floors of just under 12,000 sq.ft.