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New mixed-use development taking shape in Ashford

Ashford Borough Council in Kent has appointed Carl Turner Architects to redesign a cluster of former industrial buildings for use as a mixed-use campus offering space for a food and drink destination, events, and a co-working space.

The Coachworks project will see minimal alterations made to the fabric of the historic buildings, allowing the cost of delivery to be kept below £1m, with opening scheduled for later this year.

The site will include The Hothouse, formerly the Ashford Youth Theatre building, which will become a food and drink hub with an added event space and a mezzanine level bar; The Platform, a three storey corn store that will become a ‘business incubator’ with start-up facilities and shared work space; and The Event Yard, an open-air space intended for cinema, theatre and live sports screenings. A number of food and drink pods will be located around the Event Yard.

Cllr Paul Clokie, who is responsible for corporate property and regeneration at Ashford Borough Council, says "Drawing on Ashford's rich history as a centre of trade, the scheme provides a platform for the next generation of cultural and creative innovators. The mixed-use campus provides a variety of work, performance and leisure space for people to enjoy.

"There is nothing else like this in Ashford and across the region and I'm confident that the Coachworks is going to prove popular and draw people into the town from far and wide."

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