Maidstone Borough Council has secured £156,000 from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (‘SELEP’) to fund the design of the new Innovation Centre at Kent Medical Campus.
Situated at Junction 7 of the M20, the 30,000ft2 Innovation Centre will offer small and medium-sized enterprises working in the life science, healthcare and med-tech sectors access to a combination of high-quality office accommodation and business support, providing a nurturing environment for start-ups and growing businesses.
Councillor Martin Cox, leader of Maidstone Borough Council, said: “The UK is a world leader in life sciences and Kent Medical Campus provides the opportunity for Maidstone to become an important centre for the medical technologies industry in the South East.
“This grant is great news and a significant step towards bringing this vision to reality. The £156,000 Sector Support Fund grant that the Council has secured from SELEP will help to cover the design costs for the development of the Innovation Centre.”
Designs for the new facility will be finalised by the end of 2018 at which point a planning application will be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council. The Innovation Centre is expected to be completed by April 2020.