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.
News // May 2017
Quinn Estates has pledged £12,500 to the Herne Bay airshow, following an appeal from its organisers for local businesses to fill the £25,000 shortfall. The free show, which attracted 80,000 people last year, will be headlined by the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday, August 19th, for the third successive year.
Managing Director, Mark Quinn, who is also developing the former Herne Bay Golf Club, said:
“The people of Herne Bay have supported Quinn Estates in the town and it’s now time for Quinn Estates to support the local people. This is one of Herne Bay’s biggest events and the organisers do a fantastic job of securing prestigious aircraft for a show that is free to visitors. Local business support is crucial and we are delighted to help. Protecting a premier event for one of Kent’s best coastal towns is essential for the local economy.”
Gerald McCarthy, Senior Organiser of Herne Bay Airshow, said: "We'd like to thank Mark Quinn, of Quinn Estates for stepping in and helping ensure Herne Bay is in a position to stage Kent's biggest one-day event this summer. Quinn Estates has supported the town financially in many ways over the past few years, and we're all very grateful to Mark for allowing Herne Bay to demonstrate once again its capability to host one of the UK's best offshore airshows.”
In addition to the headliners, the Great War Display Team has also been booked for the event, featuring 10 British and German First World War replica aircraft. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the ‘Trench Experience’ – a converted 40ft container with the sights and sounds of a trench during the Great War, complete with actors.
Last year, a city council study found that the event ploughed almost £2million into the local economy, generating £1.8million worth of economic activity.
It isn’t the first time Quinn Estates has shown support in Herne Bay, having recently sponsored the launch event of ‘Hello Herne Bay’, a destination marketing campaign to sell the coastal town’s assets to wider Kent on behalf of Canterbury City Council.
Getting involved in the communities in which it works is a key part of the company ethos, which fosters a long term legacy for the betterment of the area. Quinn Estates was also the lead sponsor of the recent Wise Words Festival in Canterbury, a ten-day programme of talks, music and performances in the city centre.
News // May 2017
Quinn Estates is delighted to start work this month on transforming Stonegate Farm, a former egg packing facility in Stelling Minnis in Shepway, Kent into an exciting mixed use employment and housing scheme.
Mark Quinn, managing director of Quinn Estates was joined for the launch of the project on Friday (28/4) by Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee of Shepway District Council, Cllr Robert Hubble of Stelling Minnis Parish Council, Cllr John Argar of Elmstead Parish Council and Geoff Miles, chair of Kent and Medway Economic Partnership.
At least 39 jobs will be created for businesses located in the two high quality office buildings. An estimated 60 construction jobs will also be delivered over the course of the project.
As well as doubling the number of jobs that previously existed on site, Stonegate Business Park includes a stunning development of 30 homes, including nine affordable homes providing future residents with the opportunity to live and work locally.
The new business park is the first new build office scheme to be developed in Shepway for over a decade and follows extensive consultation with local residents, which dealt with three key issues affecting them: the provision of affordable homes; re-design of the Stone Street/Curtis Lane/Thorn Lane junction; and a solution to flooding issues on Thorn Lane.
Mark Quinn said: “Across Kent we take pride in bringing forward schemes that not only deliver homes of the highest quality, but also deliver benefits to the local community through job creation and improved local facilities.
“Stonegate Farm is a common-sense redevelopment of a longstanding redundant facility that will bring huge economic, social and environmental improvements to the local area.
“Quinn Estates is bringing life back to an old derelict site that has lain empty and unused for more than a decade. We carried out extensive consultation, as we do with all our developments, listening to what the community wants and using that to produce what will be a stunning and sensitively designed rural development.
“The provision of quality office space in an area bereft of new-build commercial property has also been welcomed. Quinn Estates is creating a high-quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and supports it health, social and cultural wellbeing.
“Our plans are set to support a vibrant community, providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations.”
Geoff Miles, chairman of Kent and Medway Ecoomic Partnership and chairman of Shepway Business Advisory Board, said: “Stonegate Business Park is the whole deal; the thing about this development is that it will not only deliver jobs but it’s also creating houses for people to live in. It’s taking over a site that has been redundant for over 10 years and will now be useful to the community once again.”
‘Kent has a need for quality business space and I welcome businesses being able to create much needed jobs here.”
Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, of Shepway District Council, said: “If Quinn Estates had not perservered with this site it would still be redundant. It is in an Area Of Natural Beauty and Quinn has worked hard with the local Parish Councils and developed something that they will support.”
Cllr John Argar, Chair of Elmstead Parish Council, said: “Originally the site was subject to several planning applications, some successful and some not – even viable ones were sometimes not successful. Now, after 10 years, we will no longer have an eyesore.”
Cllr Robert Hubble, Chair of Stelling Minnis Parish Council, said: “Without the cooperation of Quinn Estates, this would have been difficult. Now, Stonegate provides the opportunity for younger people to get onto the housing ladder; these affordable homes are extremely important for the local community. The business barns will also be beneficial for local employment. Stonegate will improve the traffic flow and safety aspect of the junction, which is part of the building plans. In addition, the development will improve the shop and pub turnover – increasing the facilities for people who want to be part of a community.”
News // Apr 2017
Quinn Estates has stepped in as a last-minute sponsor for one of Canterbury’s most popular music events, the City Sound Project festival.
Established in 2012, City Sound Projects brings music of all genres, from electronic DJs to live band, poetry, art and more to the historic city of Canterbury for a weekend of cultural indulgence unique to the south of England. Previous headliners have included globally renowned Bastille, George Ezra, MNEK, Disciples, Duke Dumont, Slaves, Gorgon City and Hannah Wants amongst many more.
This year, the festival takes place over the weekend of April 29th and 30th – the bank holiday weekend, (hopefully) in glorious sunshine! It will feature more than 150 performers at 13 venues, including the Westgate Towers, the Greyfriars Chapel and the Dane John Gardens. Quinn Estates wills be sponsoring the main stage in the Dane John Gardens, where Coco and the Butterfields will headline.
One of the organisers of the festival, Stuart O’Leary, said: “When some offers of sponsorship failed to come through, it really put the festival in jeopardy so we are extremely grateful to Mark Quinn for getting behind it and we have a fantastic programme over the weekend with some world-renowned performers.
Mark Quinn said: “The City Sound Project is an exemplary cultural and music event which really contributes to the city’s music and social scene and we are immensely proud to support it.”
For the full programme of events, visit www.citysoundproject.com
News // Apr 2017
Quinn Estates are extremely excited to announce that we are the lead sponsors at this year’s Wise Words Festival.
The Wise Words committee has been our neighbour in Bridge since its start up and we are delighted to be provided with an opportunity to support the team. We understand the importance of creativity and appreciate what the arts can bring to the local community.
From the 28th April to the 7th May, the festival will take place in Canterbury’s Secret Garden, just around the corner from our Beer Cart Building - in an unexpected haven just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Thought-provoking talks, music, performances, storytelling and poetry will take place in the beautiful Quinn Yurt and in the ancient Franciscan Chapel. From here, activity spills out across the city – onto the streets, in gardens, in coffeehouses and even on the river.
The main events are taking place in the gorgeous Quinn Yurt - but you may also stumble across a poet performing whilst you pay for your morning coffee; a storyteller on a punt; lines of verse appearing in shop windows or performance poets on street corners battling for your votes to become king or queen of the street slam.
Wise Words is a programme of talks, walks, music, performances, storytelling and poetry taking place in and around Canterbury across the year. Their work culminates in this ten-day festival that takes place each spring.
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.