Ashford Designer Outlet
Ashford Designer Outlet
Ashford is returning to MIPIM UK in October after the great reception it received in 2014 from some of the world’s most influential developers and investors.
MIPIM UK is the UK’s first-ever large-scale property trade show with thousands of property professionals flocking to last year’s event.
Ashford is a thriving international town attracting strong interest and since last year key development projects have progressed alongside news of major investment and business initiatives.
Redevelopment plans for the town centre are well under way, such as Ashford Borough Council buying and rejuvenating Park Mall shopping centre; Stanhope unveiling its £75 million cinema, hotel and restaurants scheme; and work has started on a new £16 million state-of-the-art Ashford College campus, due for completion in spring 2017.
Quinn Estates Ltd and George Wilson Holdings Ltd have recently been announced as Ashford Borough Council’s chosen development partners for the Commercial Quarter. This is a multi-million-pound, prime office development scheme that’s set to become Ashford’s business hub, with the potential to deliver up to 590,000 square feet of office space, thousands of jobs and around 150 homes.
Ashford Designer Outlet Centre has recently been given permission to proceed with a new 100,000ft2 extension to add around 40 new stores, six restaurants and cafes, as well as creating up to an additional 700 jobs.
Also in the pipeline is the approved Chilmington Green development of 5,750 quality new homes, which is due to start on site next year; preliminary designs for J10a on the M20, are due to be unveiled shortly; and a proposed International Model Railway Centre, is due before the council’s Planning Committee shortly.
Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, says: “Last year’s MIPIM UK was an excellent platform for promoting the borough to a wider audience. Ashford really punched above its weight, holding its own among locations such as Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and the City of London, with an impressive and engaging stand that attracted a constant stream of interest.
“This year the Ashford stand will be double the size and even more dynamic, with a meeting area and iPad docks loaded with development presentations so that potential investors and developers can see what opportunities are available to them.”
Award-winning wine maker and drinks producer Chapel Down Winery will also be on the stand to showcase the quality of their wines and beers and to promote Ashford’s new wine trail.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing Ashford and offering an insight into how the town’s exciting future is unfolding,” adds Cllr Clarkson.
“Our message is stronger than ever: Ashford is really going places and now’s the time to get involved. So come along to our stand and find out how you can be a part of the Ashford success story.”
MIPIM UK is at Olympia from 21-23 October 2015. Ashford Borough Council’s stand is E-21/F-20.
For more information about opportunities in Ashford visit www.ashfordfor.com
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