The Coachworks, Ashford

What is The Coachworks?

Developed by Turner Works, The Coachworks is a ‘meanwhile’ development which will transform Dover Place in Ashford, by reviving disused industrial buildings in the area, including the former Ashford Youth Theatre, which will include a new co-working space, a food & drink destination and an outdoor event space.

The Event Yard

Opened in August 2019, the Event Yard includes an outdoor bar and food stalls, alongside an event space for to watch live sports or film screening. You will be able to enjoy a refreshing pint of Curious Brewing Beer or a glass of Chapel Down Wines whilst eating a delicious pizza from Macknade and Mimi’s Pizza.

The Platform

Set to open at the end of September 2019, the Platform is a new shared office space in the old Corn Store. It will include a co-working area, with desks available to rent from £150/month. It will also include individual studio spaces (different studio sizes available). This new workspace will be perfect for freelance creatives in Ashford and surrounding areas looking to leave their home office and join a collaborative work environment. Small creative businesses looking for studio space will also be able to enjoy everything Ashford has to offer as Kent’s Number One business location at a competitive price.

For more information on rent prices and to become a member, head to the Coachworks website.

The Hothouse

Set to open for Halloween, the Hothouse will be Ashford’s newest food and drink destination. Located in the old Ashford Youth Theatre, this trendy location will feature food stalls and an event space where people can come and enjoy a great day or night out.

Food and drink businesses interested in renting a food stall in the Hothouse can get in touch with the Coachworks team to find out more.

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The Event Yard at the Coachworks

The inspiration behind The Coachworks

Turner Works have developed an imaginative and innovative concept for Ashford Borough Council, unlike anything else in Kent, using the existing fabric of the buildings. They have built upon the town’s history to deliver the design and final concepts, using Ashford’s history as a trade centre to build a new space for creative innovators.

The name of the project itself, The Coachworks, pays homage to coachbuilders who were based there back in the 1960s.

The Vision for The Coachworks

When speaking with Carl Turner, he explained the vision for the project is to create a public foyer, where people can come and hang out, and likens it to the South Bank in London. His team wants to create a place where people in Ashford can come and enjoy a moment together, where creativity and experimentation can thrive. It offers a space for young creatives to come together, work with like-minded people and bring a fresh sense of enterprise and experimentation in Ashford.

When will The Coachworks open?

The Coachworks will open in three phases, with the open-air yard opening to the public on Saturday 10 August at 12pm. The Yard Bar will be open on Saturday until midnight and until 11pm on Sunday. The Yard Bar will be serving a selection of drinks including beer and cider supplied by Curious Brewery and wood-fired pizza and gelato from Macknade’s.

The co-working space is scheduled to open on September 31, 2019, whilst the Hothouse and the in-door food and drink area will open on Halloween (October 31).

The Platform co-working area will be open seven days a week, from 8am until 8pm. The Yard and the Hothouse will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until midnight and 9am until 11pm on Sundays.

What is a ‘meanwhile’ development’?

Meanwhile developments are temporary developments, making interim use of land or buildings. No long-term plans are decided. For The Coachworks, the lifespan is estimated to five years, with future plans to be decided then. This allows for disused buildings to play a key part in regeneration, without setting anything in stone.

Turner Works / Carl Turner Architects

The Coachworks is developed by Turner Works, formerly known as Carl Turner Architects, an innovative studio who has developed projects such as Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels.

I want more information

If you’d like to find out more about The Coachworks, get in touch with our Economic Development Team or check their website for more information on rent prices and opportunities.