Kent Medical Campus appoints architect for innovation centre
An Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus has moved a step closer after Maidstone Borough Council appointed Bond Bryan Architects to design the new 30,000 sq ft building.
The Innovation Centre will aim to deliver a collaborative space for high-growth and start-up businesses in the healthcare, medtech and life science sectors.
Bond Bryan Architects, which has offices in London and Kent, has been selected to develop designs for the Innovation Centre.
Designs for the new facility on the 30-acre campus focused on health, science and excellence will be finalised by the end of 2018. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council later this year and if approved the Innovation Centre could be completed by April 2020.
Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, said: “The council has been evaluating proposals to develop an innovation centre at the Kent Medical Campus and we are delighted to announce the appointment of Bond Bryan Architects and CalfordSeaden.
“The Innovation Centre is a clear statement of our commitment to support the development of private sector commercial premises that will attract high-growth health and medical related businesses and jobs to the borough.”
Gary Watson of JLL, and member of the Kent Medical Campus team, said: “Developing a cluster of like-minded businesses, each eager to grow and succeed, is at the heart of what we are delivering here and the vision Maidstone Borough Council shares with us.
“The response from the marketplace has been very positive and the sooner we can open the doors to the first tenants the better.”