A milestone was reached on Tuesday evening in the steps to rescue one of Kent’s most at risk heritage buildings – the Leas Pavilion, Folkestone.
Planning was granted at the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Planning Committee for the complete restoration of the Grade II listed Leas Pavilion, and the redevelopment of the adjacent car parks.
The Leas Pavilion is bursting with history from its origins as a tea room through to its time as a theatre and more recently a nightclub. Since its closure in 2010 the building has fallen into disrepair, with damage to the interior and original terracotta façade.
Alongside our client Gustavia, and in consultation with Historic England, the main hall and galleries have been designed to be fully restored to the original 1902 layout, bringing life back to the Pavilion. It will play host to community groups, holding theatrical and musical performances.
Sitting above this historic structure will be 91 residential apartments all with sea views and associated electric parking as well as two shared electric cars for residents. This high-quality residential proposal will contribute costs to the restoration and ensure the long term preservation of the Pavilion itself, evoking and honouring past memories and returning it to the people of Folkestone.
Cllr Hollingsbee, during the meeting, said;
“this is something to celebrate in Folkestone”
And Cllr David Wimble added;
“This could be a real landmark building for Folkestone”