It’s been a long wait – mov­ing in day fi­nally ar­rives

The Panorama flats wel­come first res­i­dents

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

At last – res­i­dents have fi­nally moved into The Panorama in Ash­ford.

Two flats on the fourth floor of the nine-storey build­ing in Park Street are now oc­cu­pied.

Steve Sal­ter, au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher, vis­ited the ren­o­vated for­mer of­fice block yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) and spoke to the new in­hab­i­tants.

Mr Sal­ter, from Ken­ning­ton, said: “I spoke to one lady who has moved in. She said it’s very com­fort­able and nicely fin­ished.

“It is early days but she said it feels homely.”

It is not known when the other new­com­ers will be mov­ing into the prop­erty, for­merly known as Char­ter House.

Work on the ground floor gym, owned by Any­time Fit­ness, is nearly com­plete and the of­fice space, which will be oc­cu­pied by Re­gus, is ex­pected to be fin­ished in March.

Mr Sal­ter said the lifts in the build­ing are all work­ing, and that the concierge area near the en­trance is also fin­ished.

The rooftop gar­den is still be­ing de­vel­oped, but is ready for plant­ing and seed­ing, and the car park is open.

Some ar­eas of the build­ing, how­ever, are still wait­ing for fin­ish­ing touches.

Work on the mas­sive de­velop- ment started in 2013, fol­low­ing the pur­chase of the empty build­ing by de­vel­op­ers Duke­lease Prop­er­ties, based in Lon­don.

Con­trac­tors have spent nearly three years trans­form­ing the site into 234 flats.

The dis­cov­ery of as­bestos in 2014 caused de­lays, and pre­vi­ous com­ple­tion dates in­cluded Au­gust 2014, and then Jan­uary and April 2015, and Oc­to­ber 2015.

It was then an­nounced late last year that the build­ing would be ready for oc­cu­pancy in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

Steve Sal­ter ex­plored The Panorama build­ing and took th­ese pho­to­graphs, as the first res­i­dents moved in to their flats

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