Lo­cal firms join com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - The Shape Of Things To Come -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil is en­list­ing two lo­cal con­trac­tors for work in the com­mer­cial quar­ter de­vel­op­ment.

Quinn Es­tates Man­agers and Ge­orge Wil­son Hold­ings have been in part­ner­ship for 10 years and have worked on a num­ber of projects in Kent.

Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son said he hoped the con­trac­tors could help trans­form the de­vel­op­ment site near the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion.

He said it would be “a dy­namic, new, main busi­ness hub, stim­u­lat­ing ma­jor in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­at­ing sev­eral hun­dred jobs.”

The coun­cil bought In­ter­na­tional House last year and has been work­ing on a new lay­out for Dover Place, which is due for com­ple­tion soon.

Mr Clark­son said: “This will cre­ate a sense of place, form­ing an at­trac­tive walk into the town cen­tre pass­ing the open square of the com­mer­cial quar­ter and give a first-class im­pres­sion of Ash­ford.”

Work on the Com­mer­cial Quar­ter is an­tic­i­pated to start in the spring of 2016 and to take 18 months.

How the Com­mer­cial Quar­ter will look when work is com­plete

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