Maidstone Innovation Center opens its doors

Maidstone Innovation Centre. Councilor-Mayor Fay Gooch officially opens the building

Submitted for publication by Maidstone Borough Council

The Maidstone Innovation Center (MIC) officially opened on Thursday March 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Maidstone.

Councilor Fay Gooch welcomed the opportunity to experience the first-class facilities the Innovation Center has to offer after opening the doors to new tenants in Kent’s latest high-spec business destination

Spread over four floors, the 37,000 foot2 the building’s design focuses on creating a positive work culture that inspires pride, energy, creativity and collaboration. Double-height atrium reception, rooftop terrace, kitchen and dining supplies on each floor, and multiple lounging areas are just a few of the features.

Commenting on the state-of-the-art facilities, the Mayor said, “It gives me great pleasure to officially open this first-class facility, with incredible offices, state-of-the-art technology and great support and expertise.”

Maidstone Innovation Center

Environmental impact was a major concern during the construction of the MIC. Rydon contractors reported that 98% of waste was reused or recycled off-site and applied the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREAM) processes, which ensure best practice in environmental performance.

The building’s “living wall” features more than 10,000 plants that are expected to bloom year-round, attracting bees and butterflies. Rooftop solar panels provide cleaner, more efficient energy and there are eight-car charging stations with capacity for more in the future.

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Located within the Kent Medical Campus, one of the UK’s most highly regarded academic health sciences network environments, MIC is located in the ideal location for connectivity, next to Junction Seven of the M20.

Maidstone Borough Council leader Councilor David Burton said: “To see the Innovation Center open today is great news for Maidstone. It’s a fantastic place designed to support start-ups and growing businesses that make a real difference in people’s lives. It offers the highest desktop specs and is in a superb location.”

To find out more about the Maidstone Innovation Centre, visit www.maidstoneinnovationcentre.co.uk

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