A new Sports Park for Folkestone!

Guy Hollaway architects are pleased to announce that the Folkestone Sports Park is officially public. A public consultation event will take place next Friday and Saturday at Sunflower House (full details below), so that local people and future users can see current proposals for themselves and express their opinions.

The proposed site totals approximately 1000 square metres and is a new development for the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. The site is located in a prominent position in Folkestone at the top of Tontine Street and the creative quarter.

Tontine Street is an integral part of the planned wider regeneration of Folkestone, and the proposed site offers an opportunity to contribute to the growing momentum of the town’s redevelopment. The proposal creates a high quality leisure space which adds to the vibrancy of the Creative Quarter, which is already home to a number of architecturally significant projects, such as the recently completed performing arts centre, ‘Quarterhouse’ and ‘The Workshop’. A new indoor centre offering a range of challenging sports is being proposed for a key site in the centre of Folkestone. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, which owns the former bingo hall and COOP buildings at the junction of Dover Road and Tontine Street, has commissioned preparatory work for plans that will go out to public consultation in mid May, as part of a process that will lead to a formal planning application. The objective is to provide a major new indoor activity centre that will be the finest of its kind in the region, whilst offering access to young people who live locally at heavily subsidised rates.

The skate park will be the world’s first multistory facility of its kind, and will add to the ever expanding skate and bmx scene in Folkestone allowing it to act as an attraction for people to visit and enjoy. The sports park will accommodate a variety of popular urban sports including skateboarding, BMX-ing, rollerblading, scootering whilst also attracting trials riders and climbing enthusiasts, furthermore the proposal has the potential to provide a boxing club. The ambition is to focus on the youth of the Shepway District and draw a National and International following for the park.

The proposals were announced on Friday by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust at the skate park known as “The Shed”, currently run by Folkestone Youth Project, one of the groups invited to join discussions about activities at the new centre.

Chair of Folkestone Youth Project Damian Collins welcomed the news: “The proposals outlined here would bring provision for young people in Folkestone to a new level, and would help to establish permanent amenities that would be the envy of any town in the south east.”

Initial designs have been prepared by us, working in conjunction with consultants who have nationally recognised expertise in designing facilities for urban sports. Potentially the new building would be able to accommodate skateboarding and scooters at beginner, intermediate and competition levels, together with facilities for trial cycling, boxing and climbing.

Exploratory discussions have already taken place with potential partners, who are being invited to contribute views and ideas as the plans take shape. The RDHCT trustees believe this project would provide another exciting and innovative opportunity for young people in this community.

Event times:

Friday 15th May 3pm till 5pm
Saturday 16th May11am till 4pm

Venue: Sunflower House

Published on 6 May 2015

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