Planning Permission granted for the Innovation Centre on Kent Medical Campus
Bond Bryan, in collaboration with Maidstone Borough Council have received planning permission for the proposed £9.5 million Innovation Centre, on the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone – part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone.
The high-profile Innovation Centre is intended as a gateway to the Kent Medical Campus and a manifestation of Maidstone Borough Councils ambition and aspirations for the town. This new four-storey, highly-flexible home for small and medium businesses comprises of office suites, open collaboration spaces, hot desking areas, and meeting and conference spaces.
Bond Bryan Director, Zubin Masters, explained: “We have enjoyed working with Maidstone Borough Council and the team to develop the designs for the Innovation Centre. The approval is a real testament to the teams’ efforts to date and we now look forward to seeing this unique facility come to fruition. The design aims to create a high quality and adaptable solution that also creates an architecturally distinctive addition to the campus, reflecting the importance of the new facility to the region.”
William Cornall, Director of Regeneration and Place at Maidstone Borough Council, said: “The Innovation Centre is a real statement of Maidstone Borough Council’s intent to attract high-value, highly-skilled jobs and innovative businesses. It will complement the services provided by Kent Medical Campus by establishing Maidstone as a regional hub for innovation and creativity in the healthcare and medical sector.”
Tony Collins, Chairman of Kent Medical Campus, added: “Once again, Maidstone Borough Council has signalled its belief that the campus is the largest economic driver for the borough and a major centre for science, healthcare and education employment.
“Our existing planning permission for 98,000m2of commercial space, combined with Enterprise Zone status, the arrival of Cygnet Health Care and work under way on Care UK’s latest care home, means the campus is already delivering on its potential for Maidstone.”
Construction will commence in late autumn 2019 and the Innovation Centre will be ready to welcome its first tenants in summer 2021.