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 // Jun 2017
Quinn Estates is extremely pleased to announce that its founder and CEO, Mark Quinn, has been selected to appear on Property Week’s prestigious, inaugural Power 100 list.
The property industry is renowned for its dealmakers, entrepreneurs and disruptors and this list is a ranking of the 100 most powerful people in the property industry.
These 100 influential individuals draw from every property sector – from residential through to leisure – and from every part of the industry including agency, development, investment and beyond.
Each person has been nominated by property professionals, demonstrating their huge influence over the property industry. Candidates were assessed across a number of key metrics, including: deal-making prowess, financial clout, industry knowledge, political power, networking skills, and innovation/disruption.
Mark Quinn said: “It’s a huge honour to be on the Power 100 list amongst so many other highly respected people within the industry. The fact that I’m on the list because of public nominations is humbling and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me.
“To be placed on the Power 100 list is recognition of the hard work that Quinn Estates is putting in to make the South East a better place to live. My work is always based around supporting a vibrant community all across the region - providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations.”
The full list will be revealed at a special event on the 6th July, hosted by Dentons and Malcolm Hollis.
News // Jun 2017
“Following last night’s result what the country needs is a period of stability and leadership and I hope that all the political parties can now work together to ensure the economy thrives post Brexit.
“The Conservatives as the largest party now have the first crack at forming a government with their manifesto including a pledge to build one million homes by the end of 2020 and 500,000 more by 2022. The election result, however, raises real questions about whether those promises will be delivered. It's vital that they do.
“It will be interesting to see how markets react and what the impact will be in terms of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
“It was always going to be challenging for whatever party was elected to hit those targets without taking steps to significantly reduce in red tape and bureaucracy. This result only adds to the uncertainty over what will happen, not only in terms of policy but the wider economy.
“The journey to exiting the EU now begins in earnest and it is vital that brave decisions are taken now to prepare the UK for life post Brexit.
“That includes looking at ways to simplify the planning process, so that while checks and balances are kept to ensure the views of the public and elected officials are taken into account, this does not get in the way of delivering the infrastructure and homes this country needs to prosper.
“As I said before the election it’s time to sweep away bureaucracy and the red tape around our planning system that is doing so much to hold back the UK’s potential. Taking action in this area will be essential for the country to flourish.
“Quinn Estates will support the new government in providing the infrastructure, the homes and community development that will power future growth. The new administration, whatever shape that takes, just needs to get on with the job and make the decisions now to allow businesses like us to deliver.”
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.”
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.