Posted on 19.09.2016
Discovery Park’s great facilities and location signalled a new beginning for leading model railway maker Hornby when it decided to move its operations out of Margate.
The company was keen to stay in East Kent but a review concluded its existing offices were no longer fit for purpose and would hold back future ambitions for growth.
In May 2015 Hornby moved its office-based operations – sales and marketing, accounts and human resources –to Discovery Park, taking up 16,000 square feet of new offices in The Gateway building. Nick Stone, group finance director at Hornby said:
“Our current offices were no longer fit for purpose and we considered Discovery Park to have the best office facilities available. The site offers room for us to grow, an innovative environment to do business and a positive ethos, gained from being based amongst other businesses there.
“In theory, we could have relocated anywhere, however we were intent upon staying in East Kent for a number of reasons, not least because of the many loyal and experienced employees we have here, but also due to the area’s regeneration and transport links.”
Discovery Park’s industrial, rail and military past also caught Hornby’s attention. The site has a colourful locomotive history, having been used as rail marshalling yards during the First World War.
It is located just a mile away from a former Train Ferry berth which used to transport goods to Europe and the Royal Engineer unit where locomotive designer Oliver Bulleid was based in the early 20th century is also nearby.