Quinn Estates is the South East’s foremost mixed-use developer with an exceptionally strong track record in obtaining planning consent on strategic and brownfield sites.
In every scheme, we aim to do something positive in the communities in which we develop and, for this reason, we are developing a reputation amongst landowners, parish councils, local councils and county councils for honesty, integrity and delivering what we say we will. In the past three years, we have committed to over £50m of community projects including a new state of the art facility for the Pilgrim’s Hospice,an apprenticeship centre for Canterbury College and delivering a new sporting super hub for the people of Herne Bay. Quinn Estates have delivered 2m sq.ft of business space where 5,000 people now work and have a pipeline of 22,500 residential units and 4m sq.ft of commercial space.
Quinn Estates unveil new car park at Elvington Village Hall to improve the centre of village life
Oxford based developer GRE Assets working with Quinn Estates transforms Victoria Way, Ashford
Quinn Estates unveil car park and playing field at Sandgate Primary School
Winter Olympic Success for Quinn Estates Sponsored Skiers
News // Mar 2018
Quinn Estates has officially opened the new car park at Elvington Village Hall, providing space for 20 cars and allowing the parish council to use their funds elsewhere in the communities of Elmsted and Hastingleigh.
The official opening was attended by Alastair Cracknell of Quinn Estates, alongside the Deputy and Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, the Chairman of the Parish Council, John Argar, and the Chairman of the Village Committee, Robin Helmer. Former BBC weather presenter, Kaddy Lee-Preston, was also in attendance.
Refurbishment of the village hall car park was identified as being a key factor in improving village life in Elmsted and Hastingleigh, following a public consultation for a nearby Quinn Estates development. The Chairman of the Parish Council fed this back to Quinn Estates and, within three weeks of the request, the refurbishment was completed.
The previously rundown car park was cut back and cleared, opening the space up to more cars, and completely resurfaced and tarmacked to fill in the existing potholes which had been causing a nuisance to the local parishioners.
The work has left the parish council in a position to use their funds for other ongoing maintenance work and various events throughout the year.
The village hall car park is used on a regular basis, with 248 events hosted there last year. It is used on a weekly basis by a toddler group, the WI, an art group, a singing group, the council, a gardening club, along with various social and fundraising events.
Alastair Cracknell said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Elmsted and Hastingleigh community by refurbishing the local car park. At a time when less people are involved in community initiatives, we have been able to contribute towards facilities that will buck this trend. Our involvement with the village hall demonstrates our community-minded approach to development – something we seek to include in all our projects in the South East.”
John Argar said: “We are incredibly grateful to Quinn Estates for listening to our feedback and acting upon this so quickly. We had previously looked at quotes for doing the work ourselves but it was far beyond our reach.
“Mark came to see me and asked what he could do to help. After discussion with other council members, I told him that we would be most grateful to have the car park refurbished, as it was starting to pose a danger to visitors. He had someone out to look at it the very next day, and within three weeks, the work was complete.
“We have a number of groups use the car park on a weekly basis and it will have a positive effect on all these people’s lives. The village hall represents the centre of village life, so we’re delighted that Quinn Estates were able to improve the facilities here for us all.”
Robin Helmer said: “On behalf of the trustees, we would like to say a very big thank you to Quinn Estates – not only for the work they did but the prompt action that was taken. It was almost a matter of a few days before the agreement was made and work started, and it was completed on time and very quickly. Not only are the trustees pleased, but also every person that uses the hall.”
Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee said: “I’ve been delighted to work with Quinn Estates and it’s great to now have this carpark here. It’s not often you can work with developers and get something that benefits the community but that’s what’s happened here. This is an example of how developers can work alongside communities to achieve a great result.”
Kaddy Lee Preston said: “I have lived in the village for nearly five years now. The village hall has come to mean so much to us – I come here at least twice a week for various clubs and it’s a brilliant space. To be able to park easily and safely now means so much and makes it even more fantastic.”
News // Feb 2018
The multi-million-pound development, named Riverside Park, is GRE Asset’s first major scheme in Ashford and underlines their complete confidence in the local residential market. The development will deliver 235 apartments and 26 riverside houses finished to a very high specification.
Being the former Powergen brownfield site GRE Assets relied on the expertise and considerable experience of Quinn Estates to overcome the many challenges to fully remediate the site ready for development. In fact, this partnership has continued to the extent that Quinn Estates have been commissioned to deliver the whole development. Credit must also go to the award-winning Kent based architects, Guy Hollaway, whose design transformed this previously derelict site.
GRE Assets, represented by Directors Andrew Lock and Tom Brosnan, together with Mark Quinn, Chairman of Quinn Estates, recently took an opportunity to show the site to Tracey Kerly CEO of Ashford Borough Council and Councillor Graham Galpin of Ashford Borough Council. This was an opportunity for the development team to say how pleased they were to be in Ashford and to thank Ashford Borough Council for their professional and helpful attitude in the successful delivery of this important development.
Mark Quinn, of Quinn Estates, said: “Riverside Park is an exceptional development that is already contributing to the success of Ashford. We are really proud to be delivering such a well-designed scheme that works and brings forward this long-standing brownfield site – providing outstanding houses and apartments in the town centre, right by the train station with its excellent links to the capital.
“The success of a town is often symbolised by the number of cranes on its skyline. With our development at the Ashford Commercial Quarter and now at Riverside Park, we are working with the council to deliver on its growth vision. Both of these schemes are being managed by and worked on by Ashford residents - an example of how development contributes to the economic wellbeing of an area from the very start.”
Tracey Kerly, of Ashford Borough Council, said: “This is a key town centre project, which has positively drawn the attention of both residents and businesses alike. With an exceptional design by Guy Hollaway Architects, the buildings have added to the Ashford skyline and complement what Ashford Borough Council is doing with the Big 8 projects. Ashford continues to be a real draw for the very best commercial enterprises and remains the obvious choice for expanding, thriving and established businesses.”
Andrew Lock, of GRE Assets, said: “We were attracted to Ashford for a number of reasons, not least because of its exceptional location and connections to London. But as important was Ashford’s successful thriving local economy and the ambitious Borough Council’s exciting regeneration plans.
Finally, the opportunity to work with Mark Quinn and his team at Quinn Estates was something we could not say no to.”
GRE’s previous investments include apartments in Brighton Marina, London Stratford, Manchester and Reading.
Quinn Estates are also developing elsewhere in Ashford. ACQ ONE, the biggest new commercial development in Kent for 20 years, will open in May 2018.
News // Feb 2018
Quinn Estates has officially opened the new car park and playing field at Sandgate Primary School, providing space for 36 cars, and tackling traffic congestion and parking issues associated with the school along Coolinge Lane and providing a crucial new area of open space.
The car park was gifted to the school by Quinn Estates as part of their nearby Eversley Park development, along with an additional circa three acres of land which Quinn Estates turned into a new playing field for the school.
The event was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school on Friday (2/1), which was attended by local MP Damian Collins, Headteacher Matthew Green, and the school’s Chair of Governors.
Mark Quinn said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to be able to gift this carpark to Sandgate Primary School and help to address issues that both the school and local residents raised.
“At a time when schools are losing playing fields to development, we have been able to buck this trend which we think is crucial, thus allowing children to get outside which is important for their physical and mental wellbeing resulting in a higher level of attainment in the classroom.”
“The school’s new car park and field was not a planning condition. It was our own initiative – and we hope demonstrates our desire to be a good neighbour and community minded, something we feel is fundamental to all of our projects across the South East.”
Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said: “It’s great to see a developer giving back to the school in this way and sharing their success with the wider community. The car park was vital to provide additional off-street parking to serve the local school.
“Sandgate Primary is a busy and Ofsted Outstanding school at the heart of the community with many parents and guardians dropping off and collecting children. Informal roadside parking presented road safety concerns for small children venturing by the road. The new playing field really is a phenomenal gain for the local school and one that will benefit generations of children.”
Matthew Green, Headteacher of Sandgate Primary School, said: “Sandgate Primary School is thrilled to have worked closely with Quinn Estates on this – the car park addresses a longstanding problem and coupled with the new playing field provides us with fantastic new facilities that help us to create happy and successful children.
“One of our key values is making a positive contribution to the local community and this is something that Quinn Estates have shown in spades and for which we are extremely grateful.
Eversley Park is the now sold out conversion of a redundant boarding school into a stunning development of 23 apartments, 2 cottages and 17 new build houses set within a gated and landscaped setting close to the award winning beach at Sandgate and the bustling seaside town of Folkestone.
News // Feb 2018
Quinn Estates are delighted to announce that their four sponsored skiers will be going for gold at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley will be representing Great Britain in alpine skiing.
Millie Knight, and her sight guide Brett Wild, have been selected by ParalympicsGB to represent Great Britain at the Winter Paralympic Games.
Mark Quinn said: “We are delighted for Dave, Charlie, Alex and Millie. It’s great to see all the hard work pay off and we can’t wait to see them in training. These skiers represent what is great about the sport. I am passionate about skiing and I saw something special in these young athletes.
“As a former skier on the national team, I recognise the value of sport and am now in a fortunate enough position where I can support through sponsorship. It’s great to think that Quinn Estates has been able to support their success and allowed the skiers to focus wholly on their training, so they can see the best possible results. This is a great achievement and we wholeheartedly wish them the very best of luck.”
Great Britain are sending their largest ever team to a Winter Olympics with 59 athletes heading to the Korean capital.
It beats the 56 athletes who competed in Sochi four years ago and who returned with a record-equalling four medals, a gold, silver and two bronzes.
UK Sport has set a target of five medals in South Korea and believes up to 10 could be won.
"Working with Quinn Estates in Ashford has undoubtably been the right decision. We have one of Kent's premier business hubs underway, just a short distance from our International train station. They have great vision for our town and they deliver on their promises."
Cllr Gerry Clarkson
Leader of Ashford Borough Council
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 2m sq.ft of commercial space where 5,000 people now work and have a pipeline of circa 22,500 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 and nominated in three categories at the 2017 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.
Mark Quinn won ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
Nominated in three catagories 2017
Small Developer of the Year 2016
Property Week placed Mark Quinn in their annual most powerful people in property list