Maidstone Borough Council has awarded Rydon the contract for the construction of a new facility aspiring to be the county’s first Academic, Health and Science Centre focused environment.
The Maidstone Innovation Centre is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-20.
Located on the Kent Medical Campus, part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, the Innovation Centre will bring together businesses and organisations involved in finding solutions to complex healthcare issues and scientific research and development.
The four-storey, 37,000 sq. ft. building – designed by Bond Bryan Architects – will provide high-quality flexible office, hot-desking and meeting space, conference facilities and business support for small and medium-sized enterprises working in the life science, healthcare and med-tech sectors.
Once complete, the Innovation Centre is expected to support around 270 jobs and will generate a further £120m of additional gross value added to the local economy over the next decade.
Mark Mitchener, Managing Director of Rydon Construction, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity to use our experience to deliver the next phase of the Kent Medical Campus vision, driving further investment to the North Kent Enterprise Zone and beyond. We look forward to working alongside Maidstone Borough Council and Campus partners to deliver the scheme to a high quality, whilst benefitting the local economy and supply chain.”
Rydon will commence work on the project in early 2020 and the Innovation Centre will be ready to welcome its first tenants by autumn 2021.
Kent Medical Campus is establishing itself as a fully integrated centre for health, science and education in the South East. It is already home to KIMS Hospital and Cygnet Health Care mental health facility which opened in September 2018.
The 30-acre landscaped business park has permission to develop 1,000,000 sq. ft. of flexible and innovative commercial space. Once fully developed, it will provide up to 4,000 jobs.