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Press Release

1 June 2018

Major steps for Southborough Hub development

The development of the Southborough Hub has taken two major steps forward.

Following a competitive tender process, the pool of contractors narrowed to the final three companies and, following an impressive presentation, the contract for the building project has been awarded to Baxall Construction, of Paddock Wood.

Meanwhile, the enabling development site has been sold to Crest Nicholson for their residential development and the deal secures the funds that will largely pay for the Southborough Community Hub.

Construction work on the overall development is expected to begin later this year and is anticipated to take 18 months.

The Gross Development Value of the scheme will see an investment of more than £30million into the local area. Several of the contractors put forward suggestions on the facility which would alter some of the design elements and these are being considered including the type of cladding and whether it could be a brick finish. Any changes would not seek to affect the anticipated services but would ensure better use of the space and subject to the changes, the scheme may need to go back for planning.

The Southborough Town Council Hub representative Cllr Ian Kinghorn said: “I had not appreciated the complexity of the project when looking in from the outside or the legal issues involved in getting us to this point, but it was fascinating to attend the meetings with the contractors and see their different proposals.

“It was clear that they had all spent a considerable amount of time and effort putting their bids together and some of their options had some very exciting elements, but I am convinced that in Baxalls, we have got the right contractors for the job.”

County and Town councillor Peter Oakford, who led the project through its initial stages, said: “These are major steps forward for this exciting project.

“I am confident Southborough residents will come to appreciate the improved services which the hub will provide, including the much-improved theatre facilities.”

In tandem with this progress, engineering works to expand the football pitches on the Yew Tree playing fields are due to start work in mid-July and take about three weeks, weather permitting. The outcome will be see an increase in the number and quality of football pitches. Seeding will take place in August or September and should be playable after the first grass cut.

The Treasurer of the Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club Mick Di Palma said: “It’s great to see investment going into support our young people and sport in the community.

“We have waited so long for this development and it is finally about to start happening. It’s great to know that Southborough Town Council will also be seeking protection of the pavilion and the fields for a minimum period of 21 years as part of the FA funding which will accompany our own fund-raising.”

Work has also been progressing with the NHS on the delivery of the GP surgery and the NHS has made some positive steps in resolving some of the issues that were delaying the scheme from progressing.

Many thanks

Jonathan White

07988 375334

2nd Floor Invicta House
ME14 1XX


Southborough Community Hub Development Consultation Analysis Report

Following the Consultation on the development of the Southborough Hub, the results were analysed by an independent Company.

To view their report, please click on the link. Southborough Hub Consultation Report


Equality Impact Assessment

To see the latest update click the link.


Please note – Minutes with a ‘d’ beside them indicate that these are draft and may be amended at the next meeting.

Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Project Board Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

29.06.2015          05.08.2015         09.09.2015         05.11.2015          19.01.2016 

01.03.2016          04.04.2016         05.05.2016         07.07.2016          21.07.2016

06.10.2016          07.12.2016         24.01.2017         13.03.2017          15.05.2017

17.07.2017          01.11.2017         31.01.2018          06.03.2018          26.04.2018


Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Working Group Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

04.09.2013          04.11.2013          13.12.2013          04.04.2014          03.06 2014        

02.09.2014          30.09.2014          02.12.2014          06.01.2015          03.03.2015          

28.04.2015          02.06 2015          14.07.2015          01.09.2015          06.10.2015

03.11.2015          01.12.2015          05.02.2016          01.03.2016          05.04.2016

06.05.2016          07.06.2016          07.07.2016          02.08.2016          02.09.2016

05.10.2016          02.11.2016          02.12.2016          10.01.2017          02.02.2017

03.03.2017          04.04.2017          06.06.2017          04.07.2017          15.08.2017

05.09.2017          03.10.2017          07.11.2017          05.12.2017           06.02.2018

06.03.2018          01.05.2018          05.06.2018

Collaboration Agreement (signed 04.07.2016)

Southborough Community Hub – Viability Presentation (03.10.14)

Draft Business Plan (24.04.17)

Risk Register  (31.01.18)