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Press Release

Southborough Hub Update – 15 March 2018

Please find below an update on the Southborough Hub development.

The project team has been made aware that there is incorrect information being circulated about the Southborough Hub development. On that basis please see the latest update on the project.

The tender process for the Southborough Hub contractor is drawing to a close with the final three contenders having had their interviews and the detailed evaluation now being completed. All three contractors have come in on price with several suggesting that parts of the Southborough Hub could be delivered in under 12 months from when the contract is let.

Several of the contractors have also put forward suggestions on the buildability of the facility which would alter some of the design elements and these will be considered subject to contract with the winning bidder. The development has 53 conditions to discharge as part of the planning process, one of which included agreeing the cladding element and some of the contractors put forward some very good proposals on this element. The project board is expected to confirm the appointment of the winning contractor in the near future. 

The contract for the developer is anticipated to be signed at the same time as the sale of the enabling residential land in order to ensure that the two elements of the scheme continue to be progressed in tandem.

The Southborough Town Council Hub representative Cllr Ian Kinghorn attended the contractor interviews and 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 to them. The public procurement process has taken its time as these things do, but I am convinced that we have got the right contractors for the job and I look forward to being able to finally appoint a contractor and get work starting on site”.

The reserved matters planning application for the residential development is anticipated to be given in week commencing 20 March 2018 with start on site commencing in May. 

The planning application for the temporary accommodation of the Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club is also anticipated at the same time and the club have already finalised the move out of their current accommodation, leaving the site ready to go. The engineering works to the football fields will start in July weather permitting and last a month.

The FA grant business plan is now almost complete and awaits final tender sums prior to being submitted to the FA. The grant being sought is for over £450k and the FA and Southborough Town Council will be seeking protection of the pavilion and the fields for a minimum period of 21 years.

Slow progress continues to be made on the NHS development with heads of terms being drafted and the NHS agreeing to high level meetings in order to speed up the process.

With elections being held in May and given the significance of this project to the local area, there will be no official updates during the purdah period which runs from 27 March to the 5 May.

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Many thanks for you continued interest in the project.

Jonathan White
Projects and Operations Manager
2nd Floor Invicta House
Kent. ME14 1XX

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07988 375334


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)