Havas House, Hermitage Court

Gallagher Properties Ltd has constructed a new grade A office building at Hermitage Court, in Barming, on the outskirts of Maidstone.

The 5,300 sq ft office has been let to Havas Shared Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Havas, one of the world's largest global advertising, digital and communications groups, with its headquarters in Paris.

The construction of this office, along with an adjacent building which also offers over 5,000 sq ft of grade A offices, began on a speculative basis. The two office buildings were constructed with high quality materials, and include Kentish Ragstone feature walling using stone quarried less than a mile away at Gallagher's Hermitage Quarry.

Once the pre-let was agreed with Havas, specific requirements were incorporated into the building to avoid changes later. Gallagher introduced Havas to space planners and workplace designers Blue Jelly, who worked with Havas to design and carry out the fit out to a high standard, incorporating Havas’ corporate identity.

Gallagher Properties Ltd’s decision to commence the construction of these two new offices on a speculative basis reflects its confidence in Hermitage Court as a thriving business park. The successful prelet of one of the buildings to Havas was as a result of the quality of the building and the location, as Hermitage Court has excellent parking and transport links, is close to Maidstone, yet feels like it is in the countryside.