Connect 38, the office and retail development in the centre of Ashford, won the trophy in the Commercial, Industrial and Retail category, sponsored by Cripps.

The judges chose Connect 38 because they felt it was an efficient building providing much-needed modern office space in Ashford town centre.

Stuart Bonnage, Partner at Clague, who led the design team on the project, said: “As the first phase of the Ashford Commercial Quarter, Connect 38 heralds an exciting future for the town and its regeneration.

“The investment by Quinn, with the backing of Ashford Borough Council, demonstrates a strengthening commercial confidence in the town, with a desire to capitalise on it being only 38 minutes from the centre of London by Southeastern’s highspeed train service.”

Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “The design and construction of these buildings featured at the Kent Design & Development Awards are truly stunning and it shows how far we’ve come in design and build in the last 20 years.

“Quality makes a difference to where we live and work and these buildings and structures show to the world that Kent is the place to be.

“I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners for showcasing Kent’s built environment and the spirit of partnership between the public and private sector, through the skills of our local architects, construction companies, developers and surveyors.

“There is a lot to be proud of in this county and all those who entered, were shortlisted and won, should be rightly proud of their achievements.”

The Clague designed scheme for the Royal British Legion Industries and the delivery of 24 apartments in Aylesford, known as the RBLI Veteran’s Accommodation, also became a finalist in the Awards in the Residential – Major category.

Sponsored by Kent County Council, planning and transport consultancy DHA and PR and marketing agency Maxim, the awards showcase the many excellent construction projects taking place across the county. They are held every two years.

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