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Kings Hill viewed as example for government project

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Michael Cassidy CBE, who has been appointed by the government to deliver the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City, has visited Kings Hill in order to see Kent’s premier example of placemaking.

As chairman designate of the Chairman-Designate of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Urban Development Corporation, Michael Cassidy has £200m government backing to create the country’s first garden city for almost 100 years.

Kings Hill is being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Kent County Council as an 800 acre contemporary ‘garden village’ providing housing, a business park, schools, retail, sports and leisure amenities, to create a true community.

“Kings Hill has been independently lauded as the UK’s exemplar mixed use community and I wanted to see for myself how this ambitious project has been delivered,” he said.

“The key to any successful development is meticulous masterplanning and I was very impressed to see how Liberty and KCC have put this into practice to create a vibrant, aspirational community where people can have a balanced live/work/play lifestyle.

“The quality and diversity of this ‘garden village’ has many of the elements that we would like to see for Ebbsfleet Garden City. Indeed, one of my ambitions is to build an incentive into the planning process which encourages the delivery of such quality.

“Liberty and KCC regularly look at the masterplan to ensure that they are delivering what is appropriate at that time and, if necessary, adapt the plan to reflect market forces and the changing way people live and work. This attention to detail ensures that they are providing what people want.”

Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director, said.

“Kings Hill was named Britain’s best new village in a placemaking report by international real estate consultants CBRE and we have continued to build on that. It was also named recently by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best places to bring up a family, of which we are very proud.”

“At Kings Hill we aim to provide a quality environment that enhances people’s lives and where our community have all they need for the every-day conveniences of life on the doorstep, so achieving sustainability” he said. “We were delighted to welcome Michael Cassidy and show him what we have done here and our commitment to executing our development plans in the best way possible.”

Kings Hill, a contemporary garden village, is set in 800 acres near the county town of Maidstone and is just two miles from junction 4 of the M20. It was a former airfield and is now home to around 8,000 residents and more than 200 businesses employing some 5,000 people.

There are also two primary schools with a third planned and a village centre with shops including Waitrose; Costa Coffee; Domino’s and restaurants as well as a surgery, dry cleaners, shoe repairers, pharmacy and opticians.

For more information visit www.kings-hill.com

For further information on Kings Hill, please contact:

Alison Hardy, Maxim on 01892 513033 / alison@maxim-pr.co.uk

Picture caption: Kings Hill

Notes to Editors:

Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Liberty Property Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT), headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and the United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty Property Trust owns and manages more than 700 properties totalling 100 million sq ft, accommodating 1,800 occupiers and has a market capitalisation of $8.8 billion.

Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is developing Kings Hill - www.kings-hill.com - as a rapidly growing sustainable community in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), ensuring economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. Kings Hill combines commercial, residential, educational, retail, community, sports and leisure uses within 800 acres of highly landscaped low density parkland and  aims to promote quality of life by providing a unique environment in which people can live, work, play and study. In addition to providing accommodation for SME’s, Kings Hill also attracts significant international tenants such as Barclays, Rail Europe, Cabot Financial, Marsh and Kimberly-Clark.

Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is also developing Didsbury Point business park in Manchester – www.didsburypoint.com and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus www.cambridgebiomedicalcampus.com.

Liberty Property Trust UK and Kent County Council have formed a collaborative public/private sector “partnership” having entered into a Development Agreement to create an exemplar mixed-use community.  Kings Hill is the County’s flagship development for attracting inward investment and promoting regional economic growth and it also seeks to deliver in all areas of existing and evolving Government policy priorities. 

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