Hamdon Gate Developments has completed a £6 million bespoke building for a global healthcare company in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Main contractor for the project was Mitchell Design & Construct Ltd and the architect was Harrison Mutch Ltd.
The building was constructed under Phase IV of the Eurolink scheme, which currently provides in excess of two million square feet of business accommodation over 200 acres of land. Long established as one of Kent’s major business locations, Eurolink has created jobs for an estimated 6,250 personnel.
Phase IV of Eurolink serves to directly adjoin the route between Sittingbourne’s new Northern Distributor Road (NDR), which provides direct access to the A249 dual-carriageway and in turn the M2 and M20. In the longer term, the NDR will link to the east of Sittingbourne to the A2 at Bapchild.
Hamdon Gate undertook the development on behalf of the landlords before undertaking the management of the tenant’s fit out. The project began in November 2010 and was completed in December 2011, a month ahead of schedule.
Comprising around 75,000 square feet of office and distribution warehouse space, the development also features canteen facilities and a gymnasium for staff.
Matthew Small, Director of Hamdon Gate, said:
“We were delighted to develop this site, which is one of the largest new facilities in Kent and among only handful in the South East constructed during the year. The building was completed a month ahead of schedule, thanks to the excellent work of Essex based contractor Mitchell Design and Build and the construction management of Brighton based Morgan Carn Partnership.
“It is a very well designed scheme with quality offices that are fitted out to the specification of any West End office. In addition, the building allows for further expansion space of circa 15,000 square feet.
“Although the project progressed extremely well, we did face some challenges along the way. This included the difficult weather conditions of winter 2010-11, which could potentially have posed some problems.
“However, thanks to a brilliant team effort, all challenges were overcome and we have managed to complete a building that we are all proud of.”
Sittingbourne is strategically located in the north of Kent, within close proximity to The Swale and the River Medway.
To date, the skilled labour force available in Sittingbourne has attracted a number of major employers including Scania, Floplast, Business Post, Powakaddy and RTC Europe.