Quinn Estates are a Canterbury based property development and investment group who have operated in Kent for 20 years. We have planned, constructed and sold a diverse range of schemes including residential, healthcare, industrial, education, leisure and office developments.
Our expertise lies in identifying opportunities to add value through planning and design whilst also having the capability to build, having ourselves delivered in excess on 1m sq.ft of commercial space and hundreds of residential units. We have successfully obtained planning permission on both heavily contaminated and greenfield sites and work with landowners, local authorities, property companies and private equity partners to deliver value and schemes to be proud of. Through a thorough understanding of planning and politics, Quinn Estates have created a niche position within the Kent property scene for the delivery of exemplar developments.
Reaction - Autumn Budget 2017
Headline News for Quinn Estates as Work Begins on Larkfield Printworks Project
Quinn Estates delivering ‘sporting legacy’ for Herne Bay as construction work begins
Quinn Estates are announced as a Presenting Partner for Ashford Snowdogs
News // Jan 2030
On Wednesday 22nd November, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced his Autumn Budget for 2017, with particular emphasis on housing and stamp duty.
The headline issue was stamp duty, which was completely removed for first-time buyers of properties under £300,000.
It will also be removed for the first £300,000 on properties worth up to £500,000 in London.
£44 billion was also pledged to the housing market over the next five years.
Mark Quinn, managing director, Quinn Estates released the following statement after the announcement:
“The Chancellor is right to make house building his number one priority in today’s budget but sadly this a real missed opportunity.
To tackle the UK’s housing crisis, our elected representatives need to stop playing around the edges and be brave – or it will simply paper over the cracks.
“We’ve been talking about the need to build hundreds of thousands of new homes each year to meet demand for a generation or more. Action is needed now to boost supply, not least to support young people struggling to get on the property ladder.
“There are welcome things in this budget from the abolition of stamp duty for properties up to £300,000 for first time buyers, to the commitment to provide £44bn in capital funding, loans and guarantees to support the housing market.
“However, the government need to do a lot more than just hold yet another review. As a company, we are extremely disappointed to see that the budget has failed to address the issue of greenbelt land yet again.
“The government needs to be courageous and build in places where people actually want to live, instead of focusing their efforts in some of the worst performing places in Kent. The more they avoid this issue, the greater the social disconnection between generations will be.”
News // Nov 2017
Work has begun on The Old Printworks, a boutique new development from Quinn Estates that will transform part of the former headquarters and production facility of the Kent Messenger Group in Larkfield into a niche scheme of apartments and houses.
The launch event, held at the Sheldon Way construction site, was attended by Quinn Estates development director, Alastair Cracknell, along with Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and ward councillors, Cllr Tim Bishop and Cllr Anita Oakley, along with David Thornewell, Chairman of Larkfield Parish Council.
Once complete, the development will comprise eight apartments and four terraced houses. All homes will be finished to a high-specification and most benefit from private outdoor space, either as a balcony, terrace or garden. The development itself has been designed with plentiful green space and parking provision. Designed by leading Kent architects, Clague, the site’s high-profile position has been considered with exceptional design that will turn a barren parcel of land into a well landscaped, statement development.
Just six miles from Maidstone, and surrounded by countryside, Larkfield is ideally located for those wishing to escape the bustle of town, but still benefit from local amenities.
Larkfield is easily accessed thanks to its nearby railway and bus links, as well as the M20 which is within easy reach. Leisure facilities include Larkfield Leisure Centre and Larkfield Family Centre among others. There is also a host of restaurants and shops nearby together with a number of schools including The Malling School and West Malling C of E Primary School.
Alastair Cracknell said: “We have a strong track record for turning brownfield sites into exciting schemes. We have worked extensively with stakeholders on this project and that cooperation has led to us being able to get on site quickly and to start building new homes for the borough.”
Nicolas Heslop added: “It’s good to see the start of work at The Old Printworks, as it represents another positive step for the people and businesses in the local community. Providing new homes is of key importance. Quinn Estates value working with the local parish council and the planning authority. They recognise their responsibility as more than just a developer, building sustainable developments with community at the heart. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished development.”
Cllr Anita Oakley said: “The start of work on this site is great news for our local community. Quinn Estates deserve great credit for their consultation with both the borough and parish councils – taking onboard what Councillors said about the parking in particular and, more importantly, promising to deliver on that in the final scheme.”
Cllr Tim Bishop said: “This spade in the ground event has been a good opportunity to hear about Quinn Estates’ plans to transform this brownfield site. Evidently, it will not only provide homes to a number of people, but also benefit the local community by regenerating a brownfield plot into something that will ultimately invest money back into the community. There are already plans to build an outdoors adult gym area over the road, which Quinn Estates have funded. We are looking forward to seeing people using the equipment and the development being complete.”
Elsewhere in Kent, Quinn Estates is developing the Herne Bay Sports Hub – a large mixed-use development comprising of a sporting super hub, 572 news homes and New community and commercial facilities for Herne Bay.
News // Nov 2017
Quinn Estates have set the template for delivering regeneration projects with the community at heart, according to guests at an event marking the start on work of the new Herne Bay Sports Hub.
This exciting new complex is part of a multi-million-pound investment in the coastal Kent town by the Canterbury-based developer that will provide a new base for local football, hockey, tennis and cricket teams.
A planning application for the 100-acre site was approved by Canterbury City Council in September 2015 with the sporting super hub sitting alongside other elements of this flagship mixed-use development.
Mark Quinn, said: “We’re delighted building work is now underway on the Herne Bay sports hub today. It’s been brilliant to see so many show up and support the scheme, from all generations.
“I’m passionate about sport and the chance to create something that can have a positive impact for years to come is incredibly important to me. It’s not often that you can truly say you’ve created a legacy, but I feel that this is what we’ve done here.
“We will be delivering an investment of £20 million in this scheme. I think that figure confidently demonstrates how much we want to give back to the community – not just here, but with all our schemes regardless of size. As a company, we pride ourselves on delivery – and always try to build something that is an exemplar development to set the standard for others.”
Sir Roger Gale MP said: “The launch of the Herne Bay sports hub proves just how supportive a local community can be when given the opportunity. Quinn Estates have committed themselves to providing what will be some first-rate facilities here. These playing fields and pavilion facilities will be transformative in the sporting life of the town for generations to come and will be of immense value to is going to the town and its local youth sports teams.
“Those who will use the facilities and who were represented at the launch were excited and delighted to have the chance to show their enthusiasm and appreciation for the project. Quinn Estates have a right to be very be proud of what they will have achieved here.”
Cllr Mark Dance said: “The sports hub makes a strong statement about the town’s future as a thriving, successful and community-driven location.
“This is a key strategic site and we are pleased to see the progress today that Quinn Estates have already made in developing the site. It’s no surprise that, in the planning stages, the submitted proposals had received 1,200 letters of support and just four objections.
“This development has clearly been thought through, as it plans ahead for the future and makes provisions for years to come. It is something that we wholly support.”
Clive Cripps, Chairman of Herne Bay Hockey Club, said: “New facilities will mean Herne Bay can compete on a level with hockey clubs across the area and expand our successful junior section. We have around 300 junior members and work in local primary and secondary schools which will also benefit from this investment so more children can get involved.
Carl Born, Chairman of Herne Bay Youth Football Club, said: “Our club provides a crucial amenity for 400 local young people. We will be able to do so much more for the community if we have our own pitch and facilities, which these proposals will deliver.”
The development is one of the largest planning permissions to be granted within the Canterbury district, with the facilities developed in full consultation with local sports and community groups in the town. It will see a significant amount of publicly accessible space providing a range of recreational opportunities, connected to existing walking and cycling routes that surround the site.
News // Oct 2017
Quinn Estates is proud to announce that they are a Presenting Partner for Ashford Snowdogs.
The community arts project will see Ashford transformed by winter sculptures based on author Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman and the Snowdog.
A minimum of 25 giant individually designed and beautifully decorated Snowdog sculptures will be placed around the borough next year to create a world-class sculpture train that encourage everyone to discover Ashford.
The trial will be on display for 10 weeks from September 2018 to November 2018, building a buzz around Ashford's iconic locations and public open spaces and creating a festive feel in the lead up to Christmas.
After the 10-week display, each Snowdog sculpture will be auctioned by Pilgrims Hospice to help raise funds for the local charity.
To kick-start this exciting cultural adventure, a special sponsorship launch event took place on Thursday 19th October at Revelation Ashford.
The launch, attended by Quinn Estates and other Presenting Partners Ashford Designer Outlet, County Square and Hodson Developments, encouraged other businesses, groups, education establishments and individuals to support the project by sponsoring a Snowdog sculpture, inspired by the animated film, The Snowman and The Snowdog, the hugely popular sequel to Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman.
Local and national artists and celebrities will bring the sculptures to life and give them their own personality by creating a unique design for each dog.
The event, which will cost neutral to the council, will have a positive impact for the borough in terms of raising its profile, bringing in tourism, and raising money for a worthwhile local charity.
Other places which have held similar events have benefited greatly from providing education and learning opportunities and promoting community engagement and health and wellbeing; the hugely popular Superlambanana’s (Liverpool City of Culture, 2008), Books about Town (London, 2014) and Snowdogs by the Sea (Brighton & Hove, 2016) are some to name a few.
Mark has been developing property in his Kent homeland for more than 20 years and in that time has delivered a diverse range of high quality schemes, including residential, commercial, healthcare, education and industrial.
A former international skier, he entered property development at 23 when he acquired an old water pumping station. He turned the site into a thriving health club, an enterprise he later sold for £1m. Mark is committed to bringing fresh thinking to development, and is well-known for his bold approach to building for future generations and ensuring his schemes directly benefit the local community.
Quinn Estates have built over 1m sq.ft of commercial space where 3,000 people now work and have a pipeline of circa 8,000 residential units and 4m sq.ft of commercial space.
Quinn Estates were highly commended in the small developer of the year category at the 2016 Resi Awards hosted by the industry bible Property Week. A former Property Week Top 100 Young Developer, Mark won Entrepreneur of the Year category of KEiBA (Kent Excellence in Business Awards) 2016.
Huw Evans MSc
Huw has been instrumental in driving the business forward and oversees project delivery.
Huw has a Masters in Environmental Science and has worked across the world advising on the impact of large scale developments.
Huw has been with Quinn Estates since 2005 and in that time has been instrumental in transforming the business from a small scale developer into a market leader in Kent.
Alastair Cracknell MRICS
Alastair is Quinn Estates’ Development Director, a role which sees him responsible for all site acquisition and planning. He has excellent local knowledge and understanding of the property market and in the past two years he has been responsible for acquiring sites with a potential GDV (gross development value) of £700m.
Alastair joined the company in 2008 from Strutt & Parker in Canterbury. Prior to this he studied Investment & Finance in Property at the University of Reading, graduating in 2005.
Tracy is one of our longest serving team members, having been at Quinn Estates since 2005. She manages the company’s finances, reporting and budgets as well as carrying out human resources tasks for the business.
AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 3 qualified, she is currently studying for her Level 4 Diploma with the respected professional accounting body in her own time. She also holds a GNVQ in Business and Finance and an NQV in IT.