Dreamland opens to the Public

GHA have been working in collaboration with Wayne Hemingway as design Architects on the eagerly awaited project, which opened its doors last Friday 19th June 2015. Since its closure to the public in 2006, Dreamland has sat abandoned in the heart of Margate, GHA have been working for our client Thanet District Council over the last 6 years in the realisation of this project. The total project value is £18M funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As quoted by Guy Hollaway, “Margate is regenerating itself through culture and heritage, many people have a memory of Dreamland and now there is the opportunity to re-live this memory through the next generation.”

As part of the collection of restored heritage rides, the historic scenic railway at Dreamland forms a vital part of the phase one works, and is due to open to the public in the coming months. It is the only listed rollercoaster in the world, we successfully negotiated on its total reconstruction with English Heritage and to meet today’s Health and Safety standards.

The opening event was a great success, attracting crowds of local and regional visitors, all keen to catch a glimpse of the newly refurbished park. First opened in the 1860's, Dreamland is the oldest amusement park in the UK, and the regeneration aims to restore the park to its former glory, making it the world’s first heritage theme park, preserving an important part of our British cultural heritage.

Published on 22 June 2015