Educational activity centre OK
Kingswood Educational Activity Centres, one of the UK’s leading
education activity providers, has received planning approval from
Ashford Borough Council to develop Ashford’s Grosvenor Hall into a
“top educational activity centre in Europe”, creating at least 150
Locate in Kent, the investment
promotion agency for Kent and Medway and the South East England
Development Agency (SEEDA), assisted Kingswood with the planning of
the move and provided contacts and information on services.
Activity Centres, part of Education Travel Group, intends to
develop the 50 acre site, formerly a police training centre, into a
high-tech flagship educational centre within the south east.
Due to open in March 2010, Kingswood plans to create 150 jobs at
the site, many of which will be for instructor/delivery staff aged
between 18-24 years old.
Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent said: “This shows
fantastic use of an existing empty site and it’s a real testament
to the county that one of the UK’s leading education activity
providers has chosen Kent for its flagship centre.
"As the site is minutes away from the M20 and Ashford International
Station, Grosvenor Hall will be accessible to children and teachers
across the UK and overseas.”
Judith Armitt, Managing Director of Ashford’s Future, the
organisation tasked with delivering the growth agenda for the town,
said: “This proposed development is excellent news for
"It promises to provide first class educational activity facilities
and represents a major investment in the town. The project also
involves the creation of a significant number of new jobs and that
is to be warmly welcomed.”