Published: 08:13, 22 January 2018
The biggest office block built in Kent for 20 years will open in May, a developer has revealed.
Mark Quinn began work on the multi-million pound Commercial Quarter at Dover Place in January 2017.
Contractors are due to remove the scaffolding surrounding the six-storey building in early March and the first businesses are then due to move in in the spring.
Speaking to our sister paper the Kentish Express from his newly opened office in Bridge outside Canterbury last week, Mr Quinn says he is pleased with how the project has progressed.
He said: “We are really happy with it, but we have had to work hard on it.
“We have had a number of things happen – including Brexit – since we started work on this project.
“The building’s wrap will soon come off and people will be able to see what it looks like at the beginning of March.”
The development, which includes office, cafe and retail space, will create between 600 and 700 jobs when finished.
More than 300 construction positions have already been created and accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy is the first tenant taking up the top floor, with the cafe due to open on the ground floor.
The Commercial Quarter is one of Ashford Borough Council’s Big 8 projects – a series of major schemes that the council says will transform Ashford and regenerate the town centre.
Mr Quinn added: “We are on time and we are on budget.
“We have been pleasantly surprised with the interest in it, especially when you consider the uncertainty with the economy.
“We think it will be a landmark building that will stand the test of time.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Ashford Borough Council for giving us the opportunity to do it and we are looking forward to delivering on our promises.
“The council has been trying to bring this forward for 20 years, and it is now happening."
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