Town cen­tre of­fice block to be com­pleted by the new year

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Development Update -

De­vel­op­ers be­hind a five-storey of­fice block in the town cen­tre say the build­ing will be fin­ished by Jan­uary next year.

Con­struc­tion of the multi-mil­lion pound Com­mer­cial Quar­ter at Dover Place be­gan ear­lier this year on part of the Dover Place car park, next to the Ever­est Inn.

Bosses at de­vel­op­ment com­pany Quinn Es­tates – which is lead­ing the project in part­ner­ship with Ge­orge Wil­son De­vel­op­ments – say they have al­ready agreed for a den­tist and ac­coun­tancy firm to move in.

Chair­man Mark Quinn said: “Ash­ford is in a re­ally ex­cit­ing place right now and we are de­lighted to be on site and de­liv­er­ing.

“The Ash­ford Com­mer­cial Quar­ter is 75% full and we are in dis­cus­sions with a large fi­nan­cial group to take the re­main­ing space.

“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.”

The de­vel­op­ment, which in­cludes of­fice and re­tail space, 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 signed up to take on a ground floor spot.

The Com­mer­cial Quar­ter is one of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Big 8 projects – a se­ries of ma­jor schemes which the coun­cil says will trans­form Ash­ford and re­gen­er­ate the town cen­tre.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader coun­cil­lor Gerry Clark­son wel­comed the in­ter­est in the project.

He 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 there is great in­ter­est in the first new mod­ern of­fice block, which re­in­forces our be­lief and that of oth­ers, that Ash­ford is the num­ber one busi­ness lo­ca­tion in Kent.”

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Mark Quinn, di­rec­tor of Quinn Es­tates

Above and right, how the site looks now and what it would look like once fin­ished

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