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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 nominated for three RESI Awards Cover

Quinn Estates nominated for three RESI Awards

News // Mar 2017

Quinn Estates are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious RESI awards. The categories we have been nominated in are:


Small Developer of the Year


Our entry focused on Quinn Estates’ enormous success over the last twelve months, including examples of notable development works. The most recent of these include Herne Bay Golf Club, Thanington Park and Hammill Park.


Deal of the Year – Herne Bay Golf Club


Our entry outlined details of one of the most significant planning applications ever granted in the South East, led by Quinn Estates. It represents the only strategic housing development deal in the Canterbury district, and resulted in a landmark deal with Redrow Homes.


Development of the Year – Hammill Park


Promising to give a new lease of life to an un-used and un-saleable brownfield site, Quinn Estates recognised the potential for a mixed-use residential and employment space, and understood the opportunity to maximise its scenic surroundings. Instead of building volume new homes, Quinn Estates made the bold decision to create just 19 bespoke self-build plots to fit in with the surrounding beauty and history of the area, making it the largest self-build scheme in the UK.


The RESI Awards are taking place on 10th May at Grosvenor House in London. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.resiawards.com/resiawards2017



News // Feb 2017

Boughton Park, a stunning development of new homes and offices from Quinn Estates at the site of the former Grafty Green garden centre near Ulcombe, will not only create new jobs but create one of the most desirable places to live and work in Kent.

The demolition of existing buildings, now underway, clears the way for a development inspired, in part, by its former use and rural setting. A new 5,000 sq ft office space will also provide future employment opportunities.

The site will provide a unique opportunity for people to create their own grand design, with one of 14 fully serviced self-build plots.  The homes have been designed by the award winning Kent based architect Guy Hollaway.

As part of the planning agreement for this Headcorn Road site, bought by Quinn Estates in November 2014, a contribution of £240,000 will be made to off-site affordable housing with an additional payment towards local NHS services and other local projects.

Outside the Section 106 agreement, a £100,000 payment has been provided to Boughton Malherbe Parish Council to improve local facilities.

Mark Quinn, Managing Director, Quinn Estates, 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 improvements and improved local facilities.”

“At Grafty Green, 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.

“With work now underway, Quinn Estates are looking forward to delivering its contribution to this rural community, offering a template for how these kinds of developments should be done.”

Cllr Martin Round, Headcorn ward councillor, said: “The start of work on this site is great news for this rural community, not only in delivering a development that takes account of its sensitive rural location, but will also create much needed local jobs.

“Quinn Estates deserve great credit for their exceptional consultation with both the borough and parish councils and the wider public – taking on board what the community wanted and more importantly delivering on that in the final scheme.”

Robert Turner, chairman, Boughton Malherbe Parish Council,  which includes Grafty Green, said: “We are not only delighted to see work starting on the Boughton Park development, but pleased to have found in Quinn Estates a developer prepared to listen to local opinion.

"From the very start they kept us as a council in the picture with two public meetings at which residents were able to share their views.

"We believe this development will be of great benefit to the village, not only in terms of providing new and well-designed homes, but the creation of job opportunities via the office premises."

For more information, contact Miranda Chapman or Rebecca Daniels at Pillory Barn on 01622 684407 or email: miranda@pillorybarn.co.uk  or rebecca@pillorybarn.co.uk

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News // Feb 2017

The dream of building their own home has become a reality in Deal as work begins on Hammill Park - the latest self-build development from award winning Kent developer, Quinn Estates.

This exceptional scheme, part of a wider regeneration scheme that will transform the former Hammill Brickworks and Woodnesborough Colliery into one of the most sought after addresses in Kent, was recently launched.

Cllr Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council joined Mark Quinn, managing director of Quinn Estates on a visit of this site, which at 19 plots, represents one of the largest self-build development in the county.

This exceptional new 14-acre development will bring a touch of individuality to this brownfield site, transforming it into a vibrant new space, where buyers will have the opportunity to build their own home in a stunning environment.

With picturesque Sandwich, the seaside delights of Deal and the cathedral city of Canterbury on its doorstep it’s no surprise this development has proved such a hit with buyers with all 19 building plots now reserved. 

Its rural location – but with excellent road and rail links nearby -  is ideal for families seeking space and a relaxed lifestyle, while its heritage makes it a point of historic interest – there are two engine sheds onsite which previously connected coal mines in the 19th century. These renovated sheds will also form part of the new development.

Hammill Park promises an exciting, liveable community with the rare opportunity for creating some exciting grand designs. In addition, the development will provide employment space with a new business park – providing a boost to the rural economy and creating around 60 new jobs.

Hammill Park represents Quinn Estates’ first venture into volume self-build. The scheme involves bringing serviced plots together with site infrastructure, with buyers then able to undertake all of the contracting themselves – much as a standard custom build project. Quinn Estates will provide some overall coordination throughout the life of the development.

Mark Quinn said: “Research has shown that 53% of households in the UK would like to build their home one day[1]. Quinn Estates are leading this trend for self-build homes in Kent through careful planning and design and it’s fantastic to see the potential of this sector come to life.

“The exciting prospect of self-building comes from the fact that you are buying more than just a plot of land – you are creating a space that will contribute towards a dynamic and viable living environment.”

“Hammill Park is a great example of how popular this option is now - with the plots snapped up in record time by people loving the opportunity to live the dream and build their own grand design.

Cllr Paul Watkins said: “This development is proof that working with innovative developers like Quinn Estates can deliver a quality of design and ultimately living, which reflects the heritage and local landscape.

“Now that the homes are starting to be occupied, we can see the scale and scope of what has been achieved. It’s a template for how development in rural and brownfield locations like this should be done.”

Hammill Park is one of 35 live projects currently within the Quinn Estates portfolio.


[1] Survey conducted by the Building Societies Association http://wwws.selfbuildportal.org.uk/latest-news/18-millions-of-people-want-to-do-a-self-build-project



News // Feb 2017

Quinn Estates has begun work on the transformation of a site that will not only deliver an exceptional development of 142 homes, but unlock the potential of a brownfield site in Deal for new investment.

In addition to new homes this 10-acre brownfield development in Albert Road, Deal scheme, will create hundreds of new jobs with the creation of new office, retail and commercial space.

A launch event was held this week with Quinn Estates managing director, Mark Quinn showing Cllr Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council around a site that will do much more than make this area one of the best addresses to live and work in Kent.

As part of this ambitious scheme, Quinn Estates will build a new relief road, a major investment that will ensure that any impact on the local road network is kept to a minimum.

The developer worked alongside Clauge Architect and DHA Transport for a successful bid to the government’s local growth scheme – through the South-East Local Enterprise Partnership – for a contribution of £800,000 towards the Middle Deal link road scheme.

Quinn Estates’ mixed-use development will make life extremely convenient for its future residents, with a new food store and children’s nursery space, making the new homes ideal for families.

In addition, the scheme will develop a brand-new innovation centre that will offer space to both start-up companies and established businesses seeking flexible office accommodation.   

A total of 180 construction jobs will be created during the course of the development, with 100 long term jobs, providing a significant boost to the town’s local economy and providing opportunities for new and existing businesses to thrive.

Quinn Estates have also worked closely with Southern Water to find a solution to flooding that has blighted the Albert Road area in the past with plans being finalised that will improve the local drainage system.

Mark Quinn said: “It’s great to get work underway on the Albert Road site and deliver a scheme that not only provide much needed homes and jobs, but play its part in enhancing the offer in this stunning and historic corner of Kent.

“Our company has secured its reputation as the leading housing developer in the region, by taking on challenging sites to deliver schemes of quality that truly benefit the local community.

“Albert Road is a prime example of this and we are excited to work on a project that benefit the community in so many ways – from creating job opportunities and providing an exceptional residential scheme to fixing problems that residents have wanted sorted for some time.

“As with all of our developments, Quinn Estates consulted widely with local residents and businesses throughout the planning stages. Any concerns that arose, such as flooding and highways issues, were taken on board.

“But instead of just giving lip service we have gone away and discussed the solutions available and wherever possible included them within our scheme. With work underway, we can now deliver.

“New homes are always a key part of wider regeneration plans, making the district a great place to live, work and play.  The Albert Road scheme is set to solve many existing problems for the town, transforming the area into one of the most desirable postcodes in East Kent.”

Cllr Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council, said: “The start of work on this scheme is great news for Deal, bringing new homes to the area and opportunities for new investment in jobs and infrastructure

 “It also a significant step forward for existing residents of Albert Road for whom the issue of drainage in the area has been a long-standing concern. Getting the right solution for this site has taken time but having Quinn Estates on board, with its pedigree for making things happen with challenging sites, bodes well for the future.”

Deal is becoming an increasingly popular destination for homeowners, with property prices up 7% in the last year.  It was named in the top 30 places to live by the sea in 201 - according to the Times, Deal is 23rd on the list, due to the new high speed link to London, its Georgian townhouse and its award winning high street with independent shops.

The Times also listed Deal as one of the top 30 best places to visit for a weekend retreat in 2014, when it was commended for its 1950s vibe and its mix of writers, musicians and business people. The Telegraph also considered Deal to be one of the top 20 towns to consider relocating to.

Albert Road 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


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


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.

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