Gallagher Properties identified Ashford as the next area for its expansion due to its ideal location and Ashford Borough Council’s ambitious plans for inward investment and growth. They met with the leadership of the Council who were keen to develop relationships with Kent based companies who would commit to the area for the long term to help them deliver their ambitious plans.
Gallagher completed the purchase of this, its first development site in Ashford, in November 2015 – there were 2 sites involved totalling nearly 7 acres. The larger was the former Rimmel factory on the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, not far from J9 of the M20. The site had been derelict for nearly a decade and was laid ready to attract investment to the area, and with it create jobs.
The main site - renamed Carlton Business Park – was split into three elements and a planning application was submitted in April 2016. Permission was granted in July, with enabling work underway between times.
Phase 1 was completed in September 2016 – less than three months after planning permission, with a new ground maintenance depot handed over to Aspire Landscape Management.
Phase 2 is a new ready mix concrete plant for Gallagher Aggregates which opened in 2017. In addition to ready mix concrete, it supplies flowing screed, bagged aggregates and is a transfer station for demolition material which is sent to Gallagher’s site in Maidstone for recycling.
Phase 3 The scheme comprised 28 light industrial units providing c45,000sq.ft of commercial space and commenced in February 2018, with completion in November 2018. Ashford Borough Council was keen to acquire this development adding to its existing industrial portfolio which included the nearby Ellingham Road. The sale was completed in November 2018.
Phase 4 is on site 2 and will be a car parking area as it sits over the line of HS1.
Terms agreed (for the second time!) to purchase the site from the HCA
November 2015 onwards
Enabling works, ecological work, negotiations with HS1 and Network Rail
Enquiry received for a new grounds maintenance depot for Aspire (1)
Heads of Terms agreed for the new grounds maintenance depot for Aspire (1)
Planning application submitted for:
a) grounds maintenance depot
b) ready mix concrete plant for Gallagher Aggregates
c) 50,000 sq ft of industrial/commercial units
Planning permission granted
Grounds maintenance depot (1) completed and handed over
Ready mix concrete plant (2) operational
Construction of industrial units (3) commenced
Sale of industrial development completed and sold to Ashford Borough Council
Autumn 2019 (E)
Car park (4) commences
Head Office address:
Gallagher Group, Leitrim House, Little Preston
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NS
Gallagher Aggregates Ltd., Hermitage Quarry
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT