Architect appointed for Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus

The prospect of an Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus has moved a step closer after Maidstone Borough Council appointed award-winning Bond Bryan Architects to design the 30,000 sq ft building.

Situated at Junction 7 of the M20, the Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus will deliver a collaborative space for high-growth potential companies and start-up businesses in the healthcare, medtech and life science sectors.

Bond Bryan Architects, which has offices in London and Kent, has been selected to develop designs for the Innovation Centre. In addition, the council has appointed Orpington-based construction consultancy CalfordSeaden to project manage the delivery of the development.

Designs for the new facility on the 30 acre campus focused on health, science and excellence will be finalised by the end of 2018. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council later this year and if approved the Innovation Centre could be completed by April 2020.

It will provide flexible, serviced offices, meeting and conferencing space combined with extensive onsite business support.

As part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, businesses located at the Kent Medical Campus are entitled to business rates relief worth £275,000 over five years. Maidstone Borough Council is investing in the site using the retained business rates that will be generated from it over the next 25 years.

Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, said: “The council has been evaluating proposals to develop an innovation centre at the Kent Medical Campus and we are delighted to announce the appointment of Bond Bryan Architects and CalfordSeaden.

“The Innovation Centre is a clear statement of our commitment to support the development of private sector commercial premises that will attract high-growth health and medical related businesses and jobs to the borough.”

Gary Watson of JLL, and member of the Kent Medical Campus team, said: “Developing a cluster of like-minded businesses, each eager to grow and succeed, is at the heart of what we are delivering here and the vision Maidstone Borough Council shares with us.

“The response from the marketplace has been very positive and the sooner we can open the doors to the first tenants the better.”

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