Kings Hill, Kent

Thoughtful are graphic and web designers based in Kings Hill (the former RAF West Malling air base), West Malling. In fact, our office is in one of the seven H-plan Grade II listed administration and accommodation buildings, built in 1939 as the Fighter Command Station.

You may think this is a curious place for a design agency who always seem to be based in some trendy quarter in London, but it suits us just fine. We still offer the same high quality design, build the same great websites, but with the added benefit of: fresh air, a rural landscape and (for us at least) no commute.

An hour outside London and 10 minutes from the M20 means we are very accessible should you wish to visit.

The Control Tower, Kings Hill

The Control Tower, RAF West Malling, Kings Hill 2009

The refurbished Control Tower, 2015

The Art Deco Control Tower, built in 1942, is a Grade II listed building located at the heart of Kings Hill.

Front elevation of Control Tower, Kings Hill, 2015
Back elevation of Control Tower, Kings Hill, 2015

In 2014, the Control Tower building was restored and given two single storey wing extensions. One sporting a Costa Coffee, the other a bijou gallery fronting offices for Liberty Trust. The upper two floors have also been converted into offices too.

​On an eventful night in April 1943, three enemy aircraft landed at RAF West Malling by mistake, believing they had crossed the English Channel and were in France. An unfortunate way to make aviation history.​

Some fun history

Commemorative plaque for RAF West Malling in Kings Hill describing story of notable wartime activities
A front-on shot of a commemorative plaque containing the words Royal Air Force West Malling 1939-1967

The following is a transcription of the right plaque…

After acting as a landing area during World War I, the airfield served civil aviation. It is recorded that Amy Johnson flew from here.

In the early days of Word War II, RAF West Malling was a satellite station in the Biggin Hill sector. In 1940. the station sustained heavy enemy bombing.

After repairs, RAF West Malling re-opened as a fully operational night fighter base.

Famous aviators stationed here included Wing Cdr Peter Townsend, Wing Cdr Bob Braham, Wind Cdr John ‘cats eyes’ Cunningham and Sqn Ldr Guy Gibson (later of Dam Busters fame) who said of West Malling, “Of all the airfields in Great Britain, here, many say, including myself, we have the most pleasant”.

Work with us

Now that you are fully up-to-speed on our local history, why not spend a few minutes viewing our websites and branding projects for companies and organisation in the cultural and business sectors: