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Posted on 29.09.2015

One of Kent’s oldest construction companies looks to build on more than a century of success with the opening of its new office on Discovery Park.

Established in 1877, WW Martin has gained a reputation as one of Kent’s leading construction firms with a reputation for quality service.

The company has already shared its expertise at the Sandwich science and technology park with the refurbishment of Building 819, a single-storey industrial building, home to a number of businesses.

Mike Darling, the company owner and director, said: “We see Discovery Park as a great place to grow our business.

“We are currently undertaking construction projects on site and having an office in the same location seemed to be a natural progression.

“We would hope to generate reciprocal business with other Discover Park tenants. We are always looking for great staff and if the Discovery Park offices are a success we will look to upsize in the future.

“We have the right attitude and balance of working to the traditions and ethics of a company formed over 130 years ago together with today’s modern construction techniques and ever-changing legislation.”

Anna Stone, Leasing Director, Discovery Park, said: “We are delighted to have W W Martin at Discovery Park. It’s great for business here to attract a well-known company of their standing and construction experience in Kent.”

The firm’s portfolio of projects through the years includes schools and education facilities, commercial buildings, community halls, sport and leisure centres, housing and heritage projects.

Recent work has included a new bridal suite and 40 bedrooms at Oakwood House, Maidstone and a new visitor centre framed in English Heritage Oak for the National Trust at Emmett’s Garden, Sevenoaks. They also has a key role in the refurbishment of Gravesend’s grade II listed library, improvements to the clubhouse at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Sandwich, and the Sail and Colour Loft at Chatham Historic Dockyard for the University of Kent at Canterbury,

In east Kent they have also built the Thanet wind farm control building, converted the listed Flour Mill, Ramsgate, into 19 apartments; completed and fitted out 67 apartments at Charlotte Court, Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, Margate, and built a front extension for the new lifeboat at RNLI, Ramsgate.

In June the company’s new build John Wesley Methodist School in Ashford was a selected finalist in the best educational buildings category at the Local Authority Building Control Awards held in the Grand Hotel, Brighton.

  • William Woodgate Martin founded the business in 1877 next to Hudson’s Mill, Margate Road. The company moved to its present head office in Dane Park Road, Ramsgate, following a fire.
  • Four men, Mike Darling, John Higgins, Neil Peck and Ian Posnett became majority shareholders and bought the business in 2011with the Martin family’s blessing.
  • There are currently 76 people employed across the company.
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