Kent Science Park
Kent Science Park
- Over 500,000 square feet of specialist accommodation set in 65 acres
- wide range of accommodation to let with grow-on space always available
- land available with consent to develop bespoke buildings to tenant design and specification
- competitive rents and flexible lease terms
- excellent transport links – London St. Pancras International via HS1 takes 56 minutes and Paris via Eurostar takes 2 hours; by road, travel time to London is 65 minutes, Gatwick is 70 minutes and Heathrow is 90 minutes
- high levels of security
- broadband connectivity in excess of 100 Mbs is delivered over a resilient site-wide fibre network
- first class event facilities, conference, lecture theatre and meeting rooms
- specialist ICT and laboratory training rooms
- vibrant community of over 60 businesses employing over 1,350 people
- mature landscaped campus environment
- on-site café and shop, swimming pool and 15-acre sports and leisure facility
Kent Science Park is a centre of excellence and a developing cluster for research and development, life sciences, environmental technology, food security, high-tech engineering, ICT and knowledge-based service industries.
Set in 65 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, the Kent Science Park campus is one of the largest in the South East of England, with over 500,000 square feet (46,450 square metres) of high specification business accommodation located in 44 buildings, some of which are detached single occupancy and others that are attached and multi-let.
There is a wide choice of accommodation to let suitable for start-up or micro businesses and established, growing organisations. Most of the space can be tailored to a tenant’s exact needs, but there is office, laboratory and technology space ready to move into immediately.
Kent Science Park has offices, laboratories, technology units, growing sheds/greenhouses and light industrial accommodation to let. There is space furnished and ready to move into immediately as well as space available to refurbish and furnish by the incoming tenant.
Accommodation ranges in size from units as small as 180 square feet in multi-let buildings, up to single-use detached accommodation from 3,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.
Bespoke buildings can be also designed and built on land available for development.
Our KSP LaunchPad Laboratories and LaunchPad Innovation Centre Offices offer excellent value for money and flexibility for start-ups and early stage businesses.
A choice of lease terms and agreements are available to suit the different stages of development of a prospective tenant:
- Both conventional institutional leases and flexible leases are available
- Tailored short-term agreements with tenant break clauses and staged rents mean that early-stage enterprises can expand their operations easily
- Semi-inclusive deals are also available; in most cases the Park’s semi-inclusive terms include rent, service charge, heat, power and buildings insurance.
Peace of mind for tenant companies and the safety and wellbeing of their employees is assured by the high level of security Kent Science Park offers on-site.
The campus is surrounded by a 3m high perimeter fence with razor wire, 24/7 manned security gatehouse, swipe card entry for all employees and infra-red CCTV cameras monitored 24/7.
Facilities and Services
Kent Science Park offers an impressive range of facilities and services to its tenants.
Apart from the mature parkland campus, manicured gardens and swimming pool on-site, tenant companies and their employees enjoy the EcoVillage Cafe and Shop which is open all day from 7:30am. The Cafe and Shop provides freshly prepared food, local produce and services such as refreshments and corporate catering for on-site events and meetings.
Conference and meeting rooms: For companies wanting to impress clients, high quality conference, meeting rooms and lecture theatre are available to hire along with training rooms for staff development, training courses and examinations.
High speed broadband and connectivity: Ksp-Connect provides high performance broadband and Internet connectivity exclusively to businesses located at Kent Science Park. Services range from low cost contended bandwidth solutions to uncontended, clear bandwidth up to 1gb/ps and beyond.
The site has its own fibre network connecting these services to all the buildings on-site. It also integrates with a core network providing diverse connectivity to the world’s largest Internet backbone in London, enabling onwards connectivity to virtually any city in the world. Tenants also benefit from state-of-the-art data centres and disaster recovery suites on-site.
Business support: The Kent Science Park management team provides a rapid response to tenant needs and they provide wide ranging business support to promote growth. KSP offers KSP LaunchPad, a dedicated business support service designed for start-ups and established businesses located onsite. With a wide range of expert partners tenants can access all the professional help and support they need to grow their business. Even the smallest businesses can set themselves up at KSP, as we are now able to offer shared laboratory space – rented by the bench. This provides start-ups with accessible, cost-effective space prior to taking up a full lease.
Tenants who want to grow into Europe have access to CHAIN2. KSP is a key organisational partner of CHAIN 2: a project that links innovative businesses across the channel! The initiative aims to create the best conditions to foster collaboration and partnerships between French & English science parks, business centres and technopoles. The Park is committed to delivering a range of onsite business events, such as networking, seminars and workshops.
University Links, education and skills training: Continual professional development and staff training can be organised by companies utilising the facilities to hire, or through courses run on-site by specialist external training organisations.
Kent Science Park has developed co-operative arrangements with a range of regional and national world-class universities who offer tenants access to collaborative and contract research, knowledge transfer partnerships, consultancy and expertise on a short term or ad hoc basis and post-doc and graduate research or consultancy. They also offer staff development and education opportunities, such as short courses, foundation degrees, Post Graduate degrees and PhDs, PG Certificates and Diplomas.
Sports and leisure facilities: Adjacent to Kent Science Park is the Woodstock Sports and Leisure Club, set in 15 acres of grounds. Facilities include football pitches, Tonics Fitness Centre, tennis, squash, physiotherapy centre, two bars, an events room and two meeting rooms. Onsite, employees enjoy free use of KSP’s swimming pool.
An investment worth in the region of £15-20m will see the Park extended by four hectares (10 acres) from its current 22 to 26 hectares.
Kent Science Park is located in the Thames Gateway – one of the most exciting locations in the UK – a region where there has been a huge investment in road, rail and air transport to provide the connectivity needed to support business growth.
High Speed connects Kent Science Park to London Kings Cross St Pancras in just 56 minutes whilst Victoria, London Bridge and Canon Street take just over an hour by train. Ebbsfleet International is 40 minutes by rail and the Park’s proximity to Gatwick and Heathrow airport helps to make international connections quick and easy, with mainland Europe only 2 hours away by rail or air, and the M20 and M2 motorways open up the Greater South East and the rest of the UK.
Locating a business and staff to an environment where they enjoy working is critical to ensure maximum productivity. In equal measure, the local area and what it offers employees is very important to those who decide to live close to their place of work.
Situated in the ‘Garden of England’ on the edge of a busy market town, the Science Park is close to thriving towns such as Ashford, Maidstone, the Medway towns and the historic City of Canterbury. These local towns are excellent places to live and they provide a large pool of talent for an organisation to select and recruit staff.
The vibrant towns and beautiful countryside surrounding Kent Science Park offer exceptional advantages and choice to staff and their families.
Schools, universities and colleges: Kent and Medway has 800 schools and the highest number of grammar schools in England and Wales, with a wide choice of specialist schools, as well as independent and international schools.
Kent is home to four universities plus a large number of colleges of further and higher education. All the universities are engaged in high-level research in a variety of disciplines. There’s a real spirit of innovation and collaboration between education and industry, providing opportunities for both students and businesses.
Housing: Housing in and around Sittingbourne offer significant value, with housing stock ranging from the large country house or cottage to new build town houses and apartments.
Shopping: For the shopping enthusiast Canterbury is 30 minutes away from Sittingbourne by road and 26 minutes by rail. Bluewater, one of Europe’s premier shopping centres, is less than 45 minutes drive.
Eating out: Kent has a wealth of restaurants and gastropubs, especially in the towns and villages in the local area. Whether you prefer to wine and dine in a smart hotel, local town, pretty village pub or seaside location, there is a vast choice and wide variety of places to relax, socialise or entertain locally.
Environment: Besides beautiful countryside and a wealth of historic towns and villages, one of Kent’s greatest assets is its coast. The sea-marshes and wild bird reserves of the north Kent coast contrast with the sea-cliffs and beaches of the south. Whitstable is within 30 minutes of Kent Science Park and coastal resorts such as Herne Bay, Ramsgate and Broadstairs offer a wide variety of leisure amenities and watersports.
The Business Case
The business case to locate to Kent Science Park is hard to ignore. Operating costs, including both property and workforce, are up to 60% cheaper than in Central or West London, and many other metropolitan centres in Kent and around the UK.
Please contact the letting agents in the first instance:
Vanessa Clark, Sinclair Clark, tel: 020 7494 9399
Nick Woodman, Maxwell Brown, tel: 01732 440870
Kent Science Park
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Kent Science Park: Site Director
M J Mapp Ltd
The purpose of this role is the leadership of the management of Kent Science Park and to deliver a world class service to both occupiers and client. The role will involve marketing the site and pursuing innovative ideas to promote the site as a scientific centre of excellence. It will also involve providing management leadership and taking accountability for the M J Mapp operations at Kent Science Park.
The Site Manager will be based in and be directly responsible for Kent Science Park, managing all marketing regarding the park and ensuring that the highest standards of management, maintenance and service are maintained, whilst having due regard to expenditure and current legislation.
The Site Manager will be responsible for the authorisation of all works, budgets and staff attendance.
Key Performance Areas
1. Site Marketing
2. Fostering relationships within the wider community
3. Health & Safety Legislation Compliance
4. Customer and Tenant Satisfaction
5. Team and Site Management
6. Client Defined
Key Performance Measures
1. Occupier satisfaction levels
2. Wider community engagement levels
3. H&S Compliance
4. Budget levels
Duties and Responsibilities
Marketing and Engagement
- Manage the agreed marketing strategy for Kent Science Park at the required standard in both electronic and published format to ensure the brand awareness and inquiry levels are at the appropriate standard and level. Responsible for on site marketing initiatives and proposals in line with advice from retained marketing agent.
- Fostering relationships with the wider community including local authorities and govt bodies, local business community and local and national scientific community.
- Coordinate the appearance of all organisation print and electronic materials such as letterhead, use of logo, brochures, etc
- Manage site communications with occupiers, wider community and scientific community.
- Promotes high level of satisfaction among occupiers and client by promptly responding to their service requirements. Including, close budgetary monitoring, seeking innovative business initiatives in the local area and fostering relationships on site.
- Assures prompt response by other team members and selected contractors.
- Provides support to line manager and building occupiers as required.
- Identify areas for potential organic growth of the site and business.
Contractors and Compliance
- Ensures compliance with the M J Mapp standards, policies and procedures.
- Communicate with the occupiers of the property in a courteous manner and assist where able and perform role as park “ambassador”.
- Maintain the highest standard of building management and cleanliness within area of responsibility and in accordance with agreed specifications.
- Develop a close working relationship with all contractors to ensure they fully understand the M J Mapp culture and standards, ensuring a high quality service is delivered. Including, meeting regularly with key contractors, to progress works and resolve operational issues.
- Control contractors working on site and oversee the management of the Permit to Work System as per M J Mapp instructions.
- Maintain an accurate record of contracts, value, termination dates and other details applicable to the park.
- Oversee the implementation of contract works only where appropriate to the service charge budget and within the authorities.
- Responsible for ensuring that contractors observe all Health and Safety and client specific rules while on site.
- Oversee management of service providers and monitor performance against contracted SLAs and KPIs.
- Carry out building inspections with the service providers to identify works for consideration in the next year’s budget.
- Ensure all invoices are processed with the minimum of delay and that non-compliant invoices are referred back to the contractor.
- Attend Tenant Liaison meetings and prepare minutes for circulation.
- Building and maintaining working relationships with local key stakeholders. As required at allocated sites and as detailed in Site Specific Instructions.
Finance and Budgets
- Creates and manages plans and budgets to assist in financial planning of the properties and meets agreed targets of +/- variable budgets.
- Assists client in achieving high standards of performance and delivery of client service.
- Identifies cost saving and performance enhancing opportunities.
- Identify potential financial initiatives for the site whether local business based or of a scientific nature.
- Identifies additional business opportunities and presents these in a timely and appropriate manner.
Leadership, Management and Customer Service
- Seeks to improve and enhance delivery of client service.
- Leads from the front, supports and identifies change and controls and enhances change management, represents M J Mapp and clients values.
- Places a priority on developing own skills, knowledge and abilities in line with business priorities.
- Works with service provider’s management, to ensure contracted site based staff are developed and trained in line with their job role.
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Good interpersonal skills, capable of communicating at all levels
- Effective PC skills – proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint or Google Apps
- Interest in continuous improvement and development of new technologies
- Methodical approach to duties
- Basic business management
- Commercial awareness from experience and/or qualification
- Cost control, variance and forecasting reporting
- Staff management
- Knowledge of Output Specifications
- Management of Performance based contracts
- Knowledge of marketing tools
- Aware of leadership style, can vary based on context and individual
- Aware of the impact of communication style
- Actively builds and develops relationships within the team and colleagues – seeks and develops new relationships that will support the park and the business
- Positive about learning, development and new ideas
- Embraces the M J Mapp core values and leadership principles
- Positively works towards improvement
- Ensures customer satisfaction
- Effectively controls costs within own job area and awareness of those outside immediate responsibility
- Ability to prioritise and organise workload
- Displays flexibility to ensure the achievement of targets
- Displaying integrity when dealing with colleagues, customers and staff
- Proven experience in similar environment
- Marketing experience
- Some science based experience preferable
- Customer Service experience
- Compiling and managing large service charge budgets
- Experience managing teams of 2 or more
Associate Director - Human Resources
t: 020 7908 5572