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.
Ashford Commercial Quarter - Now Open for Business!
Quinn Estates celebrates Topping Out Ceremony at landmark development - Ashford Commercial Quarter
Quinn Estates joins Visit Kent as its latest corporate investor
Quinn Estates Funds New Community Space for Gardeners at Village Allotments
News // Oct 2017
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Ashford Commercial Quarter is a grade 'A' office block in a prime position in the centre of Kent's fastest growing town and adjacent to Ashford International Train Station.
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News // Oct 2017
Quinn Estates has marked a significant milestone in the construction of the new Ashford Commercial Quarter – and with 75% of space already let, the building is poised to add the latest chapter to the success of Kent’s International Town.
Mark Quinn CEO, Quinn Estates was joined at the site on Monday (2/10) by Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, and Tracey Kerly, Chief Executive, and George Wilson MBE, Chairman GW Wilson, for the topping-out ceremony.
Work on the Ashford Commercial Quarter began in January 2017 and will create a total of 80,500 sq ft. of space in the first phase alone.
The project, being undertaken in partnership with George Wilson Developments, is on course for completion in January 2018, within a year of commencement of the build. Its prime central location in Dover Place, a stone’s throw from Ashford International Station and the newly opened £26m Ashford College campus has made this prestigious site, one of the most sought-after business locations in the county.
Mark Quinn said: “Ashford is a really exciting place right now and we are delighted to be onsite and delivering. The Ashford Commercial Quarter is 75% full and we are in discussions with a financial services group to take the remaining space.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for businesses looking to relocate locally, or from London and further afield. The International Passenger Station is almost adjacent to the development site, making this an ideal commuting location.
“Overall, this project is expected to create 600 jobs for the borough and is the result of the council and ourselves working together to make things happen.”
Cllr Gerry Clarkson 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 that key businesses and developers have in the borough.
“I am confident it will be a catalyst for delivery of new 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 this council stepped in and acquired it and undertook its own master planning and marketing that this proposal has come forward.
“I am pleased to hear from the developers behind this, Quinn Estates, there is great interest in the first new modern office block, which reinforces our belief and that of others, Ashford is the number one business location in Kent.”
The development, which includes office, restaurant and retail space – combined with sufficient parking space and sustainable landscaping - will create 481 full-time jobs when finished. More than 300 construction jobs have already been created and accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, is the first tenant taking up the top floor, with the cosmetic dentist set to take on a ground floor spot.
Early occupiers will benefit from full flexibility in the final layout and configuration of the floor space, which is available from suites of 1,600sq.ft. to whole floors of just under 12,000 sq.ft.
News // Sep 2017
Quinn Estates has joined destination management organisation, Visit Kent, as a corporate investor in order to support the county’s visitor economy, and as part of a drive to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with businesses with links to the tourism industry. Quinn Estates has joined destination management organisation, Visit Kent, as a corporate investor in order to support the county’s visitor economy, and as part of a drive to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with businesses with links to the tourism industry.
CEO of Visit Kent Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE said: “We are really pleased to welcome Quinn Estates as the latest corporate member of our tourism family.
“By working together with our corporate partners we are able to help them to gain further insights into the tourism sector, and improve their marketing intelligence in order to ensure that they are able to contribute the most that they can to the visitor economy.”
Visit Kent currently has more than 150 investors from across the tourism industry and the county’s local authorities, and works with numerous non-tourism but Kent-based business. The organisation welcomed its first corporate investor, Brachers LLP, in 2016 and expects to announce further partnerships later this year.
Corporate investor membership is open to any large Kent-based businesses and corporate tourism service providers, as well as national/international organisations with a presence in Kent. By joining Visit Kent, they will benefit from networking and partnership opportunities with high level networks in the industry, enabling them to raise their brand profile and meet new clients and partners within the UK’s fastest growing sector.
Mark Quinn, CEO of Quinn Estates, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Visit Kent as a corporate investor.
“As a Kent born-and-bred company, we understand that the county has a clear and strong vision for tourism. Quinn Estates is an experienced developer with a strength in building tourism and leisure into our development schemes.
“For us, Visit Kent represents tourism interests all working together to celebrate Kent. We are looking forward to getting involved as a corporate investor to help deliver an ambitious tourism strategy in the county.
“We are committed to working with local groups so that our developments provide a long-term legacy that provides community, social, environmental and economic benefits.”
Quinn Estates is the 13th new investor to join Visit Kent in 2017 to date.
Visit Kent investors pay an annual subscription to Visit Kent, and in turn receive domestic and international marketing, research, PR, digital and development services and advice from the expert team.
Sandra added: “By becoming a Visit Kent investor, our partners are supporting an industry that brings £3.6 billion to the local economy and supports over 72,000 jobs in the county.”
“There are so many businesses out there helping to make Kent an outstanding destination, and we are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining us.”
For more information and inspiration, please visit www.visitkent.co.uk
News // Jul 2017
Quinn Estates has created a new community meeting space for the green fingered residents of Littlebourne, near Canterbury.
The village allotments produce a bumper crop of fruit, vegetables and flowers every year – weather permitting – but until now, there was nowhere for allotment owners to come together.
Quinn Estates answered the call, funding an all-weather cabin for members of the Littlebourne Horticultural Society that will provide the perfect space for meetings, storage and shelter.
The new building, built using the manpower of some of the 60 communal gardeners, took four months to build.
The allotments are available to any resident of Littlebourne, although high demand means there is often a waiting list. Recently, larger allotments have been split into smaller plots to give more people a chance to grow their own. Littlebourne Primary School and Littlebourne Pre-School are among the groups maintaining allotments, encouraging a love for gardening from an early age. There are 85 plots in total, with a target of 100.
Mark Quinn, Managing Director, Quinn Estates, said: “We are delighted to support Littlebourne with the new community cabin in the allotment gardens. As a resident of the village myself, I am keen to see the local community come together with initiatives such as this. The Horticultural Society is a fantastic club and they regularly meet to hold social events. I am pleased that Quinn Estates has been able to contribute towards the future of the club and ensure its continuing success.”
Vivienne Spratt MBE, Chairman of the Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool, said: “Previously, the Horticultural Society residents didn’t have anywhere to hold their community meetings or annual general meetings – they had to rent a room in the village hall. The cabin will have such a huge impact for the future; it is now serving so many purposes. It is lovely for the residents to have an undercover space onsite and it means planned events can always go ahead, regardless of weather.
“Mark is a well-known figure within the village, thanks to the previous support of local projects which he has contributed through Quinn Estates. This has included his ongoing sponsorship of the Littlebourne junior cricket team, providing a gas boiler for the village hall and providing outbuildings for Littlebourne Ladybird Preschool.
“Quinn Estates has created a communal environment with the cabin that 60 people will now benefit from. The general allotment community spirit is soaring now that they have a gathering space, so we would just like to thank Mark and the team again for making this vision become a reality.”
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.