Gallagher Group, the Maidstone-based building, civil engineering and property business, and operators of the Hermitage Quarry, is working on three high profile projects which will help shape the future of the County Town.
This month the company started on the £80million Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery on seven acres of land at Newnham Court near junction 7 of the M20 motorway. Once open, in early 2014, the hospital will provide the only Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgery tertiary care beds in Kent.
Gallagher Group is responsible for all civil engineering groundworks including foundations, retaining walls, drainage, on site and off site highways works. The contract is worth £6million and will take 18 months to complete.
Elsewhere the company is pressing ahead with a major enhancement project at Mote Park for Maidstone Borough Council. The £2million project is Lottery funded and is due to complete in the next few weeks. Gallagher is also constructing Maidstone United’s new football stadium – to be called the Gallagher Stadium – at Whatman Park on the outskirts of the town centre next to the new History Centre.
“We are delighted to be working on three such high-profile and important projects in Maidstone,” said Nick Yandle, Chief Executive of Gallagher Group. “Individually and collectively they represent significant progress for Maidstone, providing facilities for sport, health and public amenity.
“These are exactly the sort of contracts we look for. They help secure local jobs, both within our company and at our suppliers. They also provide opportunity for us to supply materials from our quarry operation.
“They are a great showcase for us to show the quality of our work and demonstrate that contracts can be delivered on time and on budget.
“We achieve this through a lot of upfront design coordination and planning of the work before embarking on a project to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises for our clients.
“This is particularly important with the Mote Park renovation work which is being financed through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, so there is a finite amount of money available.”
Work at Mote Park includes formalising inner and outer path circuits; improvements to the main car park; improving the Boat House area; refurbishing the refreshment kiosk; restoring the 1840s waterfall and the neoclassical Volunteers Pavilion dating from the 1800s; and replacing the ramp and small bridge across the lake with a new 20m span timber and steel bridge.
The work will also improve access from Willington Street with car parking and a natural play area for teenagers, and from School Lane with improved parking, a separate pedestrian access and relocating the play area.
It is all due to be completed in the summer.
“The work in Mote Park and on the Gallagher Stadium is well advanced and on track and we are very excited to have broken the ground on such a major project as the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery,” said Nick Yandle. “All three projects will benefit Maidstone for many years to come.”
Photo Caption: Artists’ impressions of the Gallagher Stadium and the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, two of three major projects Gallagher Group is working on in Maidstone