Maidstone Borough Council has appointed award-winning Bond Bryan Architects to design the new 30,000 sq ft Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus.
Situated at Junction 7 of the M20, the Innovation Centre will deliver a collaborative space for high-growth-potential companies 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. In addition, the Council has appointed construction consultancy CalfordSeaden to project manage the delivery of the development.
Designs for the new facility will be finalised by the end of 2018 at which point a planning application will be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council. The Innovation Centre is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Located at the Kent Medical Campus site, a 30-acre fully-integrated centre of excellence for health, science and education in the South East, the Innovation Centre will provide flexible, serviced office accommodation units, meeting and conferencing space combined with extensive onsite business support.
As part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, businesses located at the Kent Medical Campus are entitled to business rates relief*. Maidstone Borough Council is investing in the site using the retained business rates that will be generated from the site for the next 25 years
Cllr Martin Cox, Leader at 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 the Council’s commitment to support the development of private sector commercial premises that will attract high-growth health and medical related businesses and employment opportunities to the borough.”
In addition to the Innovation Centre, Kent Medical Campus is already home to KIMS Hospital, a leading private hospital in Kent. Construction is also under way on a 64-bed hospital for Cygnet Health Care, one of the UK’s largest independent providers of mental health support, following a £1.5m investment in a new link road.