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Quinn Estates

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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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Work on the first phase of Kent’s biggest office development in a decade has begun Cover

Work on the first phase of Kent’s biggest office development in a decade has begun

News // Jan 2017

Maximising the advantages of its location, just 38 minutes from London and under two hours from Paris, the Commercial Quarter C38 will become a dynamic new business hub for the South East, crucial in delivering the future economic development of the borough.

The scheme was granted planning permission in August 2016 and established as one of the council’s Big 8 strategic projects. 

The first phase of the Commercial Quarter will see 80,500 sq ft of exceptional and adaptable office space developed, along with retail and restaurants on the ground floor and additional car parking and landscaping.

In total, 590,000 sq ft of office space and 150 homes will be delivered within the quarter, with the emphasis on quality and job creation.

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

“The Commercial Quarter makes a strong statement about the borough’s economic position, our can-do attitude as an authority, our sharp commercial focus and the confidence key businesses and developers have in the borough. 

“I am confident it will be a catalyst for delivery of jobs and opportunities that our international town of Ashford needs. This is a key strategic site, which has been earmarked for development for some time. Yet it is only since the council acquired it and undertook its own master planning and marketing that this proposal has come forward.”

Mark Quinn, MD Quinn Estates, said:

“It’s great to finally get started on this fantastic project – the biggest office development to be started in the last decade – that will help take Ashford to the next level, boost economic growth, enhance facilities for residents with improved public space and, most importantly of all, create of a range of new jobs.”

George Wilson, Chairman of George Wilson Holdings Ltd, said:

“The start of work on the Commercial Quarter is something that’s been talked about for some time. It’s great to get construction underway. For us as a company it’s a really important project, in a prime location that will create hundreds of jobs.”



News // Nov 2016

Mark Quinn skied for the national team, going on to race on the international ski race circuit, before switching to pursue a career in ski coaching, becoming the youngest top qualified ski instructor and trainer in Britain. He retired, aged 24, to realise an ambition to set up his own business.

Twenty years since building Quinn Estates from scratch into one of the South-East’s most successful property development companies, Mark has decided to give back to the sport that first made his name.

Dave Ryding, the self-styled “Rocket of the Piste” from Lancashire, was introduced to the slopes as a child by his ski-mad father, Carl who encouraged him to take lessons at the local dry skip slopes near his home.

By the age of eight he was whizzing down the slopes at the French Alps resort of Samoens. It didn’t take long for his talent to get noticed -  including selection for the England Ski Team and a place in the England and British Championships. In 2006 he became British Junior Champion.

To date he has taken part in two Winter Olympics – in Vancouver and Sochi - and has quickly rose through the ranks, cementing his position within Team GB as one of the UK’s top skiers.

The £8,000 sponsorship will make a significant contribution to his training costs as the 29-year old completes his conditioning to compete once again at the highest level and retain his place as Britain’s best slalom and giant slalom skier.

Mark Quinn, said there was nothing that gave him more pride than to back one of the brightest talents of British skiing.

“I am passionate about this sport, and while it’s been a few years since I skied competitively it is something that I continue to love – I can still spot a winner and for me Dave is just that, representing everything that is great about the sport.

“The success of Team GB in the summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio proved the difference investment can bring in helping to bring home the gold medals that did so much to lift everyone’s spirits while the games were on.

“For me sponsoring Dave was a no-brainer.  He, like many of our sporting heroes, depend on financial backing – and getting that backing can be just as competitive as being out on the slopes going for a PB, or a place on the podium.

“I am delighted to be able to back Dave in this way and wish him every success in the season ahead – including that gold medal at the next Winter Olympics in 2018. No pressure.”

Dave Ryding, thanked Mark and Quinn Estates for their support. He said:

"Its this kind of generosity that makes a sports person sleep easy at night and wake up ready and motivated to work hard.

“When Mark contacted me with enthusiasm and passion to support my ski racing career I knew he was a guy I wanted to work with. Driven, motivated and successful.

“Being a ski racer himself, he understands the challenges I face and the kind of goal I am striving to achieve. Skiing isn't a main stream sport in the UK, but maybe one day people will wake up on the weekends ready to watch this beautiful sport on Eurosport before the football kicks off.

“My goals are to strive to be as good as I can be against the best people in the world. Nothing is guaranteed in sport, but I hope, that if I continue with dedicated practice and hard work I can continue to improve up the world rankings, to where? Who knows, but I do know the support from Mark and Quinn Estates, and my other faithful partners of course, will go a long way in helping me improve my program and take my mind away from stresses such as covering program costs.

“Support from Mark is tremendously important and is the foundation to which I can work from. I thank Mark and everyone at Quinn Estates for their generous support and I will continue striving to full fill my potential in Ski Racing."

For more information on Quinn Estates, visit www.quinn-estates.com



News // Oct 2016

Leading Kent developer Quinn Estates has held a second public consultation event over its proposed Binbury Park development at Stockbury.

The event marked the next stage of consultation for a new sustainable mixed-used development that, if approved, will create the county’s largest country park through a pedestrian bridge to the existing White Horse Wood Country Park and deliver significant strategic highways improvements including a roundabout on the A249 to provide a safer and more efficient access for the Kent County Showground.

It followed an initial consultation held in August, and gave residents a chance to view the latest plans and ask questions of the project team. Quinn Estates also met with the local Parish Councils to ensure all views are taken into consideration.

The follow up event held at Detling Village Hall on Tuesday, 25 October provided the perfect opportunity for residents to see how the plans have changed as a result of the feedback received to date. Around 70 people attended.

Mark Quinn, Managing Director Quinn Estates, said: “We have no doubt that what we are proposing will unlock the potential of this strategically important site, creating over 2,000 new jobs for the area, providing much needed new homes and crucially a solution to the problems that have plagued the A249 corridor for years.”

“We always welcome the opportunity to discuss our projects with local residents as it is their comments and ideas that ultimately make our developments better.”

“We have no doubt that the incredible economic benefits that this scheme can deliver will come forward due to our track record for the creation of jobs and business space in Kent. Binbury Park is an exceptional location, that has great connectivity with the ability to get anywhere in Kent within a 30-40 minute drive time. We are confident it can be a success because of the strong level of interest shown already from international businesses, accountants, solicitors, architects and newspaper groups.”

The plans include approximately 1,150 dwellings – with 40% affordable housing, 650,000 sq ft of commercial space including both a distribution and office park, a hotel, a local centre and a new primary school. Around 425 direct jobs and more than 700 indirect jobs will be created from the construction phase alone.

Date set for second public consultation on Binbury Park, Stockbury Cover

Date set for second public consultation on Binbury Park, Stockbury

News // Oct 2016

Leading Kent developer Quinn Estates has announced the date of a second public consultation over its proposed Binbury Park development at Stockbury.

The event, on Tuesday 25 October, is the next stage of consultation over plans for a new sustainable mixed-use development that, if approved, will create the county’s largest country park and deliver significant strategic highways improvements onto the A249.

An initial consultation held on 18 August 2016 was attended by more than 100 local residents. Quinn Estates has also met with Parish Councils to ensure all views are taken into consideration.

Having considered the feedback, amended plans for the site now include approximately 1,150 dwellings, including a mix of private and affordable housing, 650,000 sq ft of commercial space, a hotel, a local centre and new primary school, highways improvements onto the A249 and new access into the Kent Showground. The revised proposal also details a new country park and associated open space.

Quinn Estates’ chairman Mark Quinn said, “The Binbury Park site holds lots of potential and we’re excited to be moving ahead with the next stage of consultation.

“Our vision for Binbury Park is to create a development that will provide economic and leisure opportunities for those living, working and visiting the local area. A key advantage of this site, which is adjacent to the Detling Aerodrome Industrial Estate, is that it makes use of existing road infrastructure – unlike a lot of proposed development in locations which don’t have the infrastructure to cope.” 

The event will be held on Tuesday 25 October, from 5pm – 7.30pm at Detling Village Hall, Pilgrims Way, Detling, Kent ME14 3EY.

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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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