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.
Quinn Estates Funds New Community Space for Gardeners at Village Allotments
Quinn Estates Makes Hospital Offer
Mark Quinn makes prestigious Power 100 list
Quinn Estates responds to the 2017 General Election result
News // Jul 2017
Quinn Estates has created a new community meeting space for the green fingered residents of Littlebourne, near Canterbury.
The village allotments produce a bumper crop of fruit, vegetables and flowers every year – weather permitting – but until now, there was nowhere for allotment owners to come together.
Quinn Estates answered the call, funding an all-weather cabin for members of the Littlebourne Horticultural Society that will provide the perfect space for meetings, storage and shelter.
The new building, built using the manpower of some of the 60 communal gardeners, took four months to build.
The allotments are available to any resident of Littlebourne, although high demand means there is often a waiting list. Recently, larger allotments have been split into smaller plots to give more people a chance to grow their own. Littlebourne Primary School and Littlebourne Pre-School are among the groups maintaining allotments, encouraging a love for gardening from an early age. There are 85 plots in total, with a target of 100.
Mark Quinn, Managing Director, Quinn Estates, said: “We are delighted to support Littlebourne with the new community cabin in the allotment gardens. As a resident of the village myself, I am keen to see the local community come together with initiatives such as this. The Horticultural Society is a fantastic club and they regularly meet to hold social events. I am pleased that Quinn Estates has been able to contribute towards the future of the club and ensure its continuing success.”
Vivienne Spratt MBE, Chairman of the Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool, said: “Previously, the Horticultural Society residents didn’t have anywhere to hold their community meetings or annual general meetings – they had to rent a room in the village hall. The cabin will have such a huge impact for the future; it is now serving so many purposes. It is lovely for the residents to have an undercover space onsite and it means planned events can always go ahead, regardless of weather.
“Mark is a well-known figure within the village, thanks to the previous support of local projects which he has contributed through Quinn Estates. This has included his ongoing sponsorship of the Littlebourne junior cricket team, providing a gas boiler for the village hall and providing outbuildings for Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool.
“Quinn Estates has created a communal environment with the cabin that 60 people will now benefit from. The general allotment community spirit is soaring now that they have a gathering space, so we would just like to thank Mark and the team again for making this vision become a reality.”
News // Jul 2017
Mark Quinn, of Quinn Estates, has offered to provide land and build the shell of a new Kent and Canterbury Hospital - an offer which will now be given consideration by the authorities.
The proposal extends across a number of parcels of land near to the current hospital site that are in both public and private ownership. It also involves further housing development of around 2,000 additional homes. Part of the land is allocated for housing in the city council's emerging Local Plan, but part is not. This therefore means the proposal would require very careful future consideration in planning terms.
The offer involves making a significant contribution to replacing the existing hospital buildings with new hospital buildings, potentially with some of them on part of the current hospital site.
The developer has had early discussions with the city council, and these have been outlined to the NHS. The feasibility of the idea will now be given further examination.
Mark Quinn said: "As a company we love being involved in schemes that deliver real and tangible benefits for the communities in which we build.
"As a developer to be involved and drive forward a scheme that is so important to the morale, health and wellbeing of the people of east Kent is what you dream of. This scheme can deliver a number of crucial benefits to east Kent firstly a new, efficient and fit for purpose hospital and secondly quality housing aimed at young people and families of the area.
"This scheme has come about because of the extraordinary and tireless efforts of two women – Peggy Pryer and Helen Whately MP, who over the last few months have cajoled and pushed me to create a solution to the Kent & Canterbury Hospital problem.
"As a local boy and local people, we want to create a legacy that we as a company and Canterbury can be proud of."
Council Leader, Cllr Simon Cook, said: "The future of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital is important to all of us, so when proposals like this are put forward, they should be given proper and serious examination. Given the number of parties that are involved in this, it will be a complicated process, and more information will be made available in due course."
Accountable Officer, Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, Simon Perks, said: “We are working with the public to develop proposals for our longer-term strategy for healthcare in east Kent, both in and out of hospital, for public consultation next spring. It is important to look at all possible options and we will discuss this proposal with Canterbury City Council as part of this work.”
Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals, Matthew Kershaw, said: "We want to provide the best healthcare possible for our patients and we will continue to work closely with Canterbury City Council to look at this and any other potential options, as part of the longer-term strategy for our hospitals."
News // Jun 2017
Quinn Estates is extremely pleased to announce that its founder and CEO, Mark Quinn, has been selected to appear on Property Week’s prestigious, inaugural Power 100 list.
The property industry is renowned for its dealmakers, entrepreneurs and disruptors and this list is a ranking of the 100 most powerful people in the property industry.
These 100 influential individuals draw from every property sector – from residential through to leisure – and from every part of the industry including agency, development, investment and beyond.
Each person has been nominated by property professionals, demonstrating their huge influence over the property industry. Candidates were assessed across a number of key metrics, including: deal-making prowess, financial clout, industry knowledge, political power, networking skills, and innovation/disruption.
Mark Quinn said: “It’s a huge honour to be on the Power 100 list amongst so many other highly respected people within the industry. The fact that I’m on the list because of public nominations is humbling and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me.
“To be placed on the Power 100 list is recognition of the hard work that Quinn Estates is putting in to make the South East a better place to live. My work is always based around supporting a vibrant community all across the region - providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations.”
The full list will be revealed at a special event on the 6th July, hosted by Dentons and Malcolm Hollis.
News // Jun 2017
“Following last night’s result what the country needs is a period of stability and leadership and I hope that all the political parties can now work together to ensure the economy thrives post Brexit.
“The Conservatives as the largest party now have the first crack at forming a government with their manifesto including a pledge to build one million homes by the end of 2020 and 500,000 more by 2022. The election result, however, raises real questions about whether those promises will be delivered. It's vital that they do.
“It will be interesting to see how markets react and what the impact will be in terms of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
“It was always going to be challenging for whatever party was elected to hit those targets without taking steps to significantly reduce in red tape and bureaucracy. This result only adds to the uncertainty over what will happen, not only in terms of policy but the wider economy.
“The journey to exiting the EU now begins in earnest and it is vital that brave decisions are taken now to prepare the UK for life post Brexit.
“That includes looking at ways to simplify the planning process, so that while checks and balances are kept to ensure the views of the public and elected officials are taken into account, this does not get in the way of delivering the infrastructure and homes this country needs to prosper.
“As I said before the election it’s time to sweep away bureaucracy and the red tape around our planning system that is doing so much to hold back the UK’s potential. Taking action in this area will be essential for the country to flourish.
“Quinn Estates will support the new government in providing the infrastructure, the homes and community development that will power future growth. The new administration, whatever shape that takes, just needs to get on with the job and make the decisions now to allow businesses like us to deliver.”
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.