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Maxim project shortlisted for national award

March, 2020

A Maxim project that secured planning permission for the proposed redevelopment of three retail sites in historic Canterbury has been shortlisted for a national placemaking award.

The Guildhall Quarter, involving the redevelopment of the two former Debenhams stores and Cotswold Leisure shop in the heart of Canterbury, is one of the finalists in the Planning Awards 2020 in the Placemaking Category for Fostering a Healthy High Street.

Maxim worked closely with Clague Architects, who undertook the redesign and repurposing of the 93,000 square foot of retail space into residential and retail space to breathe life back into the city centre.

To support the Guildhall Quarter, Maxim undertook the community and stakeholder engagement, including:

  • The launch of the project to the media
  • Advising the client on key stakeholders to engage with
  • Developing the key messages for the communications programme
  • Managing the design, development and content of the project’s website:
  • Organisation and promotion of the public exhibition
  • Briefing of stakeholders
  • Input into the Statement of Community Engagement for the planning application

At the heart of the project’s success was the public’s support for the plans. This followed high profile local media coverage, including two front pages on the Kentish Gazette. The project culminated with Canterbury City Council granting it planning permission.

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