Gallagher Properties has delivered a new home for Aspire Landscape Management, (phase 1) after getting planning permission to redevelop the five acre former Rimmel factory site at Carlton Business Park, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Ashford, which it acquired on 2nd November 2015
Ashford Borough Council took the decision in September 2015 to bring responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house and created Aspire Landscape Management.
Work has now begun on phase 2, developing a ready-mix concrete plant for Gallagher Aggregates to be followed by phase 3, up to 70,000ft2 of commercial units.
When complete - the site which has been derelict for nearly a decade following the fire which destroyed Rimmel’s former factory - will be home to more than 200 jobs.
Aspire’s new facility was officially opened by Cllr Clair Bell, portfolio holder for borough presentation at Ashford Borough Council and Pat Gallagher, Chairman of Gallagher Group.
Nick Yandle of Gallagher Properties said: “We’re delighted to hand this part of the site over to Aspire. Following planning permission and after enabling works, we quickly got under way on the grounds maintenance depot. This project involved our property, aggregate, civil engineering and building teams, which explains why we were able to quickly deliver all aspects of the project.
“Given Ashford’s very positive approach to creating employment space to go alongside its housing developments, we are confident there will be many other projects we can help deliver in the borough.”
Aspire has taken on responsibility for all the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the council, including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.
Commenting on the new facilities, Cllr Clair Bell, portfolio holder for borough presentation at Ashford Borough Council, said: “Today marks a real journey for the council. From October Ashford Borough Council will be bringing the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house, under the name Aspire Landscape Management.
“The new in-house service will give us greater flexibility as we will be able to move resources where they are needed most, with an ability to be more fluid with changing priorities.
“We are pleased that this site will be brought back into use, not just for Aspire but other commercial uses too, and I would like to thank Gallagher for helping us to get where we are today. It has been a pleasure to work with them on this exciting initiative.”
Gallagher Group employs more than 300 people in Kent, and has carried out construction work in, and supplied construction materials to, the Ashford area for many years.
Businesses interested in new premises at Carlton Business Park, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, TN23 1ED should contact Nick Yandle at Gallager Group on 01622 716543.
Head Office address:
Gallagher Group, Leitrim House, Little Preston
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NS
Gallagher Aggregates Ltd., Hermitage Quarry
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT