KENT OFFICE LAUNCH
June 28, 2023
HCS are pleased to officially launch our KENT Office in addition to our LONDON and ESSEX offices.
A TIME FOR EXPANSION
Since the birth of the company almost ten years ago, HCS has grown tremendously, in our service offering, our people and our bases. In addition to London and Brentwood, our newest office is located in the heart of South-East England and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
This arm of growth is the new headquarters for our Architect, allowing us to continue to service the South East region, and to expand our expertise and varied service offering. We are proud to provide a multi-skilled and interdisciplinary approach for our clients, achieved through our experienced team and geographical coverage. We know this new location will better expand the scope of our one-stop-shop service.
LATEST INSTRUCTIONS AND OUR OFFERINGS
HCS are currently appointed to provide Contract Administration and Project Management services to specify and tender exterior repair works, with internal water damage repairs/ and redecoration works on a modern block of sixteen flats in Ashford. We were also recently appointed to manage external repairs and redecorations, including the roof and boundary fencing, on a residential block in Tunbridge Wells.
We have seen an influx of pre-acquisition surveys in Brighton on Victorian residential blocks along the coastline, as well as in conducting planned maintenance programmes and condition surveys for schools and commercial property in Canterbury, Medway and Dartford.
Our Reinstatement Cost Assessments service has grown further south, with a variety of instructions on residential blocks across central Kent.
THE LOCAL AREA & HIGH WEALD AONB
The office is located within the High Weald AONB. This area covers 1461 square kilometres of countryside across the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey that has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. Originally, the boundary was drawn on a large-scale paper map in 1983, before digital maps were available. This means it can be hard to tell if an individual property or piece of land is within the boundary or not, especially near the edge of the AONB.
The office is located not far from various sites of architectural interest, such as Kenward Place and its Georgian splendour, the medieval moated manor house that is Scotney Old Castle, and the 13th to 15th century ruins of Bayham Old Abbey, on the Kent-Sussex border.
This is an area which is subject to significant planning restrictions, so when planning for a development it is essential to consider how proposals may impact the wider landscape character. Mindful architectural design is paramount, and a clear understanding of landscape setting needs to be demonstrated, for example by breaking-up architectural volumes and keeping reflective surfaces to a minimum.
We work with our clients to conduct surveys and tailor bespoke projects all across the UK, and have in the past conducted work as far as Scotland, Wales and Dublin. We have a wealth of experience across London and Greater London, as well as Essex, and are now excited to continue to keep growing our expertise in the Kent area.
We are your one-stop-shop for all your property needs, wherever they are needed.
Call or email us at:
020 3102 7701 (London)
01277 223594 (Essex)
01508 405501 (Kent)