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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.

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Quinn Estates secures planning consent for redevelopment at Albert Road, Deal Cover

Quinn Estates secures planning consent for redevelopment at Albert Road, Deal

News // Aug 2016

Leading Kent developer Quinn Estates in partnership with Mildvalley has been granted planning consent by Dover District Council for a mixed-use development of the 10-acre brownfield site, formerly Park Avenue Motors in Albert Road, Deal.

The council’s planning committee approved the scheme of 142 homes, innovation centre, a food store and nursery space at a meeting on Thursday (22 July).

The green light for the scheme, which will commence later this year, not only means new homes but added benefits, including a new innovation centre, that will offer space to both start up companies as well as established businesses seeking flexible office accommodation.

The company has a reputation for delivering on its promises and taking on challenging sites to deliver schemes of real quality with a myriad of benefits to the local community. This includes looking beyond the development to see how their scheme can contribute positively to the existing infrastructure.

One such example for the Albert Road plans includes a relief road, which forms part of the scheme as part of significant investment to mitigate any impact. This has included working with South East LEP and improving existing access next to the railway line.

As with all Quinn Estates developments, the company consulted with nearby residents and businesses throughout development of the plans. Flooding was a concern and as part of the consultations, Quinn Estates is communicating with Southern Water and the local residents to provide a solution for the local drainage system.

Mark Quinn, director of Quinn Estates said:

“Dover District Council giving the go-ahead to this scheme offers a real opportunity to the people of Deal.”

“There will be 180 construction jobs, 100 long term jobs and £6.3m per annum into the local economy. It also brings forward solutions to a lot of problems – not least highways issues which this scheme will help resolve.

“We hope new residents will be attracted to the town, boosting the local economy.”

The Albert Road site is the latest in Quinn Estates’ developments in the local area, which include commercial space at Deal Business Park creating circa 150 jobs and 19 custom build homes at former brownfield site Hammill Park.

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Commercial Quarter plans receive Cabinet backing

News // Jul 2016

Exciting plans to redevelop part of the town centre into a dynamic new business hub in the town have taken major steps forward in the last week following Ashford Borough Council’s Cabinet agreeing the terms of the proposed land transaction last week (Thursday 14th July), and planning permission being granted last night (Wednesday 20th July).

The recommendations, if agreed by Full Council on 21st July, would pave the way for the first phase of development of the Commercial Quarter, delivering 80,500 sq ft of development at Dover Place including office space with retail and restaurants on the ground floor together with car parking and landscaping.

With planning now approved, it allows the Commercial Quarter to maximise the advantages of its location opposite Ashford International Station and become a major new business hub for the south east, stimulating major investment opportunities and creating several hundred jobs, 590,000 square feet of office space and 150 homes.

The Commercial Quarter is part of the council’s Big 8 projects, which support the five-year Corporate Plan, with a crucial role in the future economic development of the borough and regeneration of the town centre.

The proposals on this key town centre location would bring many advantages to the local economy including: employment opportunities, linked trip and increased town centre spend, an attractive and modern business environment and acting as a catalyst for wider investment and development.

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said:

“Cabinet taking this decision makes a significant statement about the council’s commitment to the regeneration of the town centre and demonstrates its faith and confidence in the borough. The fact that the Commercial Quarter is one of the council’s Big 8 projects illustrates the importance and significance that the council places upon its successful delivery.

“Cabinet has welcomed and supported this exciting opportunity to regenerate the town centre and kick-start development in the new Commercial Quarter which could act as a catalyst for delivery of jobs and opportunities befitting the international town of Ashford. This key strategic site has long been earmarked for development but it is in only since the council acquired it and undertook its own master planning and marketing exercise that a proposal has come forward.

“It is important to recognise that there is a separate planning application process which is not yet complete. It is important that this now takes its proper course and that the Planning Committee considers whether the scheme now proposed for the site is the right one”

The council announced last year they had agreed to work with local developers Quinn Estates Ltd and George Wilson Holdings Ltd on the site earmarked for the first new office building in the Ashford Commercial Quarter.

Mark Quinn, Managing Director of Quinn Estates Ltd, said:

“We are delighted that Cabinet approval has been granted for the first phase of the Commercial Quarter. This is a transformational scheme for Ashford, providing modern office space in a sensational location that enables new businesses to relocate to purpose built floorplates and that will enable Ashford to attract significant inward investment and generate nearly 700 jobs. 



“The council have shown real ambition in driving forward a regeneration agenda that includes residential, leisure, community and commercial space and we are proud to be working with them for the benefit of the people of Ashford.”

Work on the first phase of the new public realm around International House and Dover Place was completed last year and has enhanced the area, creating as sense of place and offering a positive first impression of the town.

Quinn Estates managing director Mark Quinn is 2016 KEiBA Entrepreneur of the Year Cover

Quinn Estates managing director Mark Quinn is 2016 KEiBA Entrepreneur of the Year

News // Jun 2016

Mark Quinn, the managing director of leading Kent developer, Quinn Estates, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 KEiBA Awards.

The prestigious title was presented at a glittering ceremony held at the Kent Event Centre in Detling and attended by leading business people from across the county.

Staged and produced by Kent County Council and KM Media Group the awards recognise and reward excellence in business, KEiBA has showcased the strongest, most vibrant businesses across Kent for the past eight years.

The finalists were announced at Kent Vision Live on 11 May after judges narrowed more than 250 entries down to just 39, before the final on Thursday, June 25. 

Speaking at the awards, he said: “I want to thank everyone at Quinn Estates who helped made this happen, without them I wouldn’t have been on that stage or where I am today.

“I also want to thank all the judges in this category, Hugh and Wayne are deserved finalists and very worthy competitors in this category, Kent boasts some dynamic entrepreneurs so I am honoured to take home this award.

“I want to thank my parents, too. Without them I never would have got into property, they really deserve a lot of credit for this success.” 

A natural innovator, Mark Quinn was commended for his committment to bringing fresh thinking to development and his bold ideas and original views on building for future generations; displaying – judges said – an entrepreneurial and philanthropic flair backed up by solid delivery.

After turning to property at the age of 23, Mark Quinn created an empire from scratch in the county; and last year recorded a turnover of £9.3m with profits of £1.3m.

He founded Quinn Estates in 1997 and the company has created a niche position as the go to team in the Kent development market with a track record for delivering high quality schemes that provide significant benefits for local communities.

In 2015, Mark sold Herne Bay golf club for £43m to house builder, Redrow, landing Quinn Estates its most high profile deal yet, securing planning permission for 580 homes and new state of the art sports facilities.

Other finalists in the category, sponsored by Institute of Directors and Creaseys, were Hugh Edeleanu of the HE Group of Companies and Wayne Hodgson of Red Eagle Ltd.

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Planning permission signals Victoria Way development milestone

News // Jun 2016

A major development of 660 new homes, shared public spaces and a café in the heart of Ashford was approved by Ashford Borough Council last night.

Leading Kent developer Quinn Estates will deliver the scheme on the former Powergen site at Victoria Way, together with London-based property company U+I and specialist private rented sector provider Neighbour.

The brownfield site is the largest brownfield redevelopment in Ashford’s history on a prime location close to Ashford International Station, it has been vacant for over 10 years. The mixed-use regeneration project will include one, two and three bedroom flats and 25 houses, which have been designed by Kent-based, RIBA award-winning architect Guy Holloway. Two thirds of the development – 400 homes - will be available to rent. This area of the scheme will be delivered by PRS.

Quinn Estates’ managing director Mark Quinn commented, “Ashford is a dynamic and growing town and this scheme will give the community a real economic boost. The site itself has long been derelict and ticks all the boxes in terms of building on brownfield land. We have consulted heavily with a variety of stakeholders so that now we have consent we can move swiftly into the delivery phase of this exciting project.”

The Victoria Way planning application was granted by Ashford Borough Council at a meeting on Wednesday 15 June.

Quinn Estates, which was highly commended in the Small Developer of the year category of Property Week’s RESI Awards 2016, is also the joint venture partner of Ashford Borough Council in the delivery of Ashford Commercial Quarter, a new office and retail development adjacent to the international station.

Victoria Way is one of 35 live projects currently within the Quinn Estates portfolio. To find out more, visit the company’s website: www.quinn-estates.com.

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The Core Team

Mark Quinn

Director

Mark Quinn

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

Director

Huw Evans

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 Cracknell

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 Maxted

 

Tracy Maxted

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.