UK First for Sustainable Industry
In a UK first for investment in green and sustainable technologies the £40m Betteshanger Sustainable Parks provides a unique commercial, educational and visitor environment in which to demonstrate new technologies to address the global challenges of renewable energy, sustainable land management, food security, and ecology.
The Betteshanger Sustainable Parks are part of the Hadlow Group, which includes Hadlow College and Produced in Kent.
Betteshanger Country Park
Drawing on the 121ha site’s heritage as the former Betteshanger Colliery, phase one of the project includes an £8m Visitor Centre, incorporating the Kent Mining Museum, Green Energy Centre, conferencing and events facilities, a café serving local produce, and a Cycle Centre - with external facilities that include a mining-themed play park, a 3-acre events amphitheatre and improved sporting and leisure facilities.
The new Visitor Centre is scheduled to open in spring 2017.
Low Carbon Business Park
Companies in the food security, environmental technology, life sciences (including agri-tech) and green technologies sectors will be the targets for a new, low carbon business park. Built to BREEAM excellent and zero carbon standard, including 6,000 sq. m. of commercial R&D and a business incubation hub with serviced accommodation for micro-businesses and start-ups. The focus will be on B1 (a) and B1 (b) accommodation with flexible, attractive, tenancy arrangements.