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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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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




News // Jan 2017

This weekend (22nd January) saw Team GB slalom star, Dave Ryding, make history as he became the first Briton in 35 years to finish on the podium at the Alpine World Cup ski event. The 30-year-old, who is sponsored by Quinn Estates, finished second at the Kitzbuhel slalom in Austria with more than 60,000 spectators watching.

Ryding led the competition for the first run of the tough course, which saw five of the first 10 starters crash out. He finished in second place, after being caught by Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. In this position, Ryding not only matched Britain’s previous best alpine World Cup finish by Konrad Bartelski back in Italy in 1981, but also recorded the first podium of his career having finished sixth and seventh in a breakthrough season.

Mark Quinn, managing director of Quinn Estates, comments: “We are extremely proud of Dave Ryding, especially after such a spectacular performance like the one we have seen this weekend. As a former skier on the national team, I know how much dedication is needed to achieve something of this prestige.

“It is an honour to sponsor such a deserving sportsman and Quinn Estates looks forward to continuing our relationship with Dave as his career continues to grow from strength to strength. We wish him the best of luck for the season ahead.”

The £8,000 sponsorship package contributes to Ryding’s training costs as he continues to compete at the highest level. He has already secured six top-15 finishes in this current season alone.

Ryding and Bartelski are currently the only two Britons to finish on the podium in the 50-year history of the Alpine World Cup.


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

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

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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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