The ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of the LOC8 business park project
Submitted for publication by Maidstone Borough Council
Work has started at LOC8, a £47m mixed use business park on the Ashford Road at junction eight off the M20, Maidstone.
Councillor Fay Gooch, the Mayor of Maidstone, officially started the construction work on Thursday, February 3.
All partners working on the project also attended, including Maidstone Borough Council, Locate in Kent, developers Clearbell and joint agents CBRE and Caxtons.
The building work is now underway, with plans for the new units to be completed and ready for businesses by summer this year. The site will be suitable for both small and medium sized businesses, with room for more than 1,000 employees.
LOC8 is designed to protect nature and enhance sustainability with the prominent use of local materials throughout the site. The landscaped setting will have extensive planting of native woodland and new ponds.
Councillor Fay Gooch, the Mayor of Maidstone, said at the ground breaking ceremony: “Maidstone is the business capital of Kent so it is really exciting to see this great new business park getting off the ground. It will certainly encourage even more businesses to be based in the borough, and its location is ideal, right next to junction eight of the M20.”
With excellent road and public transport links, LOC8 is well placed to service Europe’s largest consumer market, London and the South East, with nearly 21 million consumers within three hours’ HGV drive time. With the Thames and Channel ports, plus the Eurotunnel, close by, global markets a short leap away.
Mark Coxon, director and head of commercial agency at Caxtons, said: “The scheme is one of the most impressive Business Parks to be constructed in the South East in recent years, benefiting from high spec industrial units within a prestige parkland location and direct access to the M20 Junction 8.”
Gavin Cleary, CEO Locate in Kent, said: “LOC8 is a fantastic opportunity for businesses looking to invest in a county which has seen massive growth in the logistics and distribution space over the past five years.
This new business park has been made possible through its allocation in the Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan and supported in the council’s economic development strategy.
LOC8 is located at a sensitive location within the setting of the Kent Downs AONB and so the challenge has been to minimise the landscape impact whilst ensuring a high-quality development suitable for modern business needs, which has been achieved through the planning process.