Southborough Community Hub/

The Southborough Community Hub has been a long-term aspiration of Southborough Town Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council, to provide a community facility for the people of Southborough and High Brooms. It is designed to provide a flexible, multi-use community space providing a library, community hall, community rooms, medical centre, town council offices and retail space.

In order to provide best value and maximise use of this asset, the building is intended to be flexible and adaptable in the way it can be used. The scheme has been integrated into an existing masterplan for this area of Southborough and will also provide a new public square bounded by the main hub building, residential and retail buildings which are currently under construction.

Working with Baxall construction, HMY have helped secure planning consent for the scheme and work is planned to start in April 2019

Planning submitted for Kent’s first medical school campus/

The Medical School is a partnership between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. It will be the County’s first ever medical school, bringing together the existing centres of excellence in health and medical education provided by the two universities and local healthcare organisations, to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education. The Medical School will also be an essential part of the solution for recruiting and retaining medical professionals in the region.

The new Medical School will provide 150 undergraduate places each year and offer five-year undergraduate programmes resulting in joint degrees from both institutions in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. The Universities will provide high quality research to find evidence-based solutions to promote health, address local challenges and reduce inequalities in provision across the county.

The Medical School will be based between both University campuses, with students able to be full participation members of these communities using the world class facilities and working with other students in health and social care related programmes. The University of Kent will provide the general teaching facilities in the new building described below. Specialist practical teaching facilities will be accommodated at Canterbury Christ Church University campus within their new Science & Engineering Building, which is currently being constructed.

A planning application was submitted at the end of 2018 and the building will be open for the start of courses in August 2020.