Masterplanning for redevelopment of Maidstone East & former Royal Mail Sorting Office underway
Following Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council’s joint acquisition of Royal Mail’s former Sorting Office at Sandling Road in 2016, work is afoot to realise the redevelopment of the site which is key to unlocking the potential of the area.
The 3.5 acre site has been earmarked to create a "landmark" mixed-use development including retail space, homes, offices, increased parking and an improved interchange between buses, trains and taxis. Consultant Savillls, the international real estate advisor, has been appointed to work with the local authorities over the next couple of years to produce a mater plan for this site, ensuring that the redevelopment scheme is as attractive as possible to private sector partners and is welcomed and supported by residents and local businesses. it is hoped that as this develops, opportunities for collaboration with other key landowners in the vicinity will emerge, forming the basis for a broader redevelopment scheme encompassing Maidstone East Railway Station.
In the meantime, part of the former mail centre and delivery office site is being sublet to charities and commercial occupiers, and a new 150 space public car park has been created.