calfordseaden was appointed by Maidstone Borough Council for the provision of employer’s agent, cost consultant, clerk of works and principal designer services for the new build development of a 24 hour accessible Innovation Centre, specialising in medical innovation on the KIMS Hospital site in Maidstone.

The 3,310 sqm space is spread over four floors and designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. The centre was designed for a range of end users and includes a conference centre, communal showers, roof terrace, hot desk areas, communal meeting rooms, individual workspaces and potential for future workshops along with undercroft parking. The interior includes a feature central atrium and additional lightwells to each wing.

calfordseaden worked with Maidstone Borough Council from concept to completion, including during the selection of the build plot.

There were a number of constraints associated with the development of the site, including retaining walls surrounding the site, planning restrictions prohibiting construction on part of the site, altering existing utilities and maximising parking on site without compromising of functional space.

Through various workshops and consultations, the scheme combines a visually attractive and contemporary design, yet sympathetic to its rural surrounding