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Grand designs for Hammill Park as work begins on self-build development

The dream of building their own home has become a reality as work begins on Hammill Park - the latest self-build development from award winning Kent developer, Quinn Estates.

This exceptional scheme, part of a wider regeneration scheme that will transform the former Hammill Brickworks and Woodnesborough Colliery into one of the most sought after addresses in Kent, was officially launched on 30 January 2017.

Cllr Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council joined Mark Quinn, managing director of Quinn Estates on a visit of this site, which at 19 plots, represents one of the largest self-build developments in the county.

This exceptional new 14-acre development will bring a touch of individuality to this brownfield site, transforming it into a vibrant new space, where buyers will have the opportunity to build their own home in a stunning environment.

With picturesque Sandwich, the seaside delights of Deal and the cathedral city of Canterbury on its doorstep it’s no surprise this development has proved such a hit with buyers with all 19 building plots now reserved. 

Its rural location – but with excellent road and rail links nearby -  is ideal for families seeking space and a relaxed lifestyle, while its heritage makes it a point of historic interest – there are two engine sheds onsite which previously connected coal mines in the 19th century. These renovated sheds will also form part of the new development.

Hammill Park promises an exciting, liveable community with the rare opportunity for creating some exciting grand designs. In addition, the development will provide employment space with a new business park – providing a boost to the rural economy and creating around 60 new jobs.

Hammill Park represents Quinn Estates’ first venture into volume self-build. The scheme involves bringing serviced plots together with site infrastructure, with buyers then able to undertake all of the contracting themselves – much as a standard custom build project. Quinn Estates will provide some overall coordination throughout the life of the development. 

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Mark Quinn said: “Research has shown that 53% of households in the UK would like to build their home one day[1]. Quinn Estates are leading this trend for self-build homes in Kent through careful planning and design and it’s fantastic to see the potential of this sector come to life.

“The exciting prospect of self-building comes from the fact that you are buying more than just a plot of land – you are creating a space that will contribute towards a dynamic and viable living environment.”

“Hammill Park is a great example of how popular this option is now - with the plots snapped up in record time by people loving the opportunity to live the dream and build their own grand design.

Cllr Paul Watkins said: “This development is proof that working with innovative developers like Quinn Estates can deliver a quality of design and ultimately living, which reflects the heritage and local landscape.

“Now that the homes are starting to be occupied, we can see the scale and scope of what has been achieved. It’s a template for how development in rural and brownfield locations like this should be done.”

Hammill Park is one of 35 live projects currently within the Quinn Estates portfolio. To find out more, visit the company’s website:

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Editor’s Notes

Quinn Estates and Self Build

Quinn Estates has spotted a business opportunity in self and custom build that should be replicated by many other SME developers. Its enabled self-build route has allowed it to further diversify its already broad mix of building interests, helping it to round out its offering.

However, Hammill Park is proof that the definition of custom build is a limiting one. The project definitely embraces self-build, but can it still be called self-build when the hassle of finding land, obtaining outline planning and getting the roads and services in has been taken care of? This is after all a huge part of any traditional self-build. And once you have volume on site, as with Hammill’s 19 plots, you get even further from the definition of one person building their own home from scratch.

For my money, enabled self-build is, and has to be,a vital part of the custom build offering, as it offers a route to volume that allows greater numbers of people to have a hand in building their own home. This is a good thing. The demand is there for both enabled self-build and custom build, and people will gravitate to one route or another depending on a range of circumstances such as how much input they want to put into the external design or how much actual build work they want to do, or simply which site is convenient for where they live. One thing’s for sure, the market is large enough to accommodate both routes to build.

Editorial from Build It Magazine, 17 March 2016

About Quinn Estates

Quinn Estates is a Kent based property development and investment group, which was highly commended in the Small Developer of the Year category of the RESI Awards 2016, organised by industry magazine Property Week.

Founded by Mark Quinn over 20-years ago, the company has built a reputation as a mixed-use developer, often on challenging and complicated sites. Removing the barriers to development are at the core of the company’s culture and resulting schemes.

Under Mark’s guidance the group’s developments are creative, innovative through design and well-planned. These strengths can be seen in a number of vertical markets such as healthcare, industrial, education, leisure and office developments.

In the last five years, Quinn Estates schemes have achieved amongst other things the removal 90 per cent of HGV movements from the roads around Wingham and Preston through the development of the former Salvatori depot and the relocation of the Salvatori haulage group to a more sustainable location in Aylesham.

In addition, they have given away 40 per cent of their land at Eversley College to Sandgate Primary School to enable them to grow and develop.

Quinn Estates are also partners in the Thanington Park project in Canterbury which will provide a brand new hospice for the people of east Kent where the mother of Mark Quinn, the MD and owner of Quinn Estates, died two years ago. 

Around 3,500 people now work in buildings that Quinn Estates have built in the last decade and their reputation is fast growing for their enthusiastic, trustworthy and creative approach to delivering schemes that benefit not just the company but the communities in which these schemes live.

[1] Survey conducted by the Building Societies Association

Posted on 06/02/2017