Redrow Homes has secured planning consent to build a brand new headquarters for its South East division at the flagship Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent.
Approval of proposals for the two storey office space further cements Redrow’s long term commitment to Ebbsfleet Garden City, where the housebuilder is creating around 950 new homes at Ebbsfleet Green and investing in significant associated community resources including a brand new primary school.
It will also be a strategic move for the division to a location centrally positioned for its other Kent and Sussex developments, close to the major transport hub of Ebbsfleet International Station and within easy reach of the South East motorway network.
The approved plans are for a new 1,093 sq. m standalone commercial office building, which features 50 car parking spaces and complementary landscaping. It is expected that the office development will provide approximately 70 highly skilled jobs, and it will be positioned to sit alongside other future planned commercial spaces such as a neighbourhood food store, a pub/restaurant and hotel.
The planning approval comes after Redrow posted record profits nationally, aided by the success of the newly-formed South East division, which completed 466 new homes in its first year of trading across developments in Kent and Sussex.
Chris Lilley, managing director of Redrow Homes (South East), said: “Ebbsfleet Garden City offers a more strategic location for our business as we will be ideally placed to build on our presence across Kent and beyond.
“Our new bespoke headquarters will accommodate our growing divisional company, currently with 165 employees and rising. We’re aiming to build 550 new homes and launch seven new developments in the next financial year and, as a result of such rapid growth, we are planning for our future through the eventual relocation to our flagship development.
“We are proud to be a part of the burgeoning Ebbsfleet Garden City and have a long held commitment to the project’s success, not only through delivering much needed new homes in the South East, but by bringing about a new community; a place where people can live, work, study and enjoy their leisure time.”
Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “We are delighted that Redrow has seen the enormous potential of relocating its regional headquarters to Ebbsfleet Garden City.
“Redrow clearly sees the benefits the Ebbsfleet location brings and we look forward to welcoming more business to the Garden City.”
Ebbsfleet Garden City is evolving into a new community where up to 15,000 homes will be built over the next two decades by a number of leading developers.
Building work is well underway on the new homes at Redrow’s Ebbsfleet Green, where the first phase will feature 180 homes in a range of one and two-bedroom apartments, and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses.
Around 30% of Ebbsfleet Green will be green open spaces, including a new local park and existing woodland, which will be supplemented by additional planting to create an attractive natural environment for residents to enjoy.
Redrow’s master plan also makes provisions for a new primary school with contributions towards secondary school places, a community centre, a pub/restaurant and hotel, convenience store, allotments, football pitches and associated pavilion.
Redrow is also making a multi-million pound investment in highway improvements while investment will also be made into public art installations, resources for young adults and local libraries.
Just 20 miles South East of the capital, the new Garden City couldn’t be better placed for commuting for those who live and work there. Central London is less than 20 minutes away by train from nearby Ebbsfleet International, with four trains direct to Kings Cross / St Pancras every hour. There are also direct services to Paris in just over two hours, and Brussels in around an hour and forty minutes.
For more information about where the company is building across the South East, see www.redrow.co.uk.