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3 to 7 Tontine Street, Folkestone

Mixed use

ground breaking mixed use scheme, Folkestone #light bulb building, Neat, Creative Foundation,

Signalling the gateway to the Creative Quarter, this building incorporates Michael Craig-Martin's 'Lightbulb' and Bob and Roberta Smith's Folkestone is an Art School; two of the twenty pieces of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial  

We were appointed as design consultant and contract administrator to complete this redevelopment project of an old amusement arcade, creating eight residential units. Four of these units include studio spaces, forming combined live-work accommodation to support creative industries in the heart of Folkestone’s Old Town. 

Set within an existing building, behind a partially retained façade, our approach has been to re-establish the correct floor levels across the building. This required the removal of previous floor structures that cut across windows and left a substantial portion of the building’s volume inaccessible. Through thoughtful planning, the space lost to circulation and inefficiency has allowed six new residential units to be created where previously there were four.  

A rooftop extension and two further apartments with views across the harbour have been added, helping to raise the profile of the Creative Foundation. At ground floor, the large single space that housed the former amusement arcade has been re-designed to provide three distinct retail units facing Tontine Street and The Old High Street.


In its first incarnation, this flexible space hosted Bob and Roberta Smith's Folkestone is an Art School project as part of the 2017 Triennial.  

Client : Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

                 for PRSA

Area : 765 sq.m 

Value : £1.4 million 

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