With pre-approvals now in place, work can begin.
Built in 1902, the Leas Pavilion has served as a tea room, theatre, cinema, bowling alley, billiard hall and nightclub. Since its closure in 2007, the building has fallen into disrepair.
The refurbished Leas Pavilion will be a nine-storey glazed residential block with 91 sea view apartments for private sale.
Folkestone & Hythe-based architect Hollaway worked alongside Gustavia to redevelop the site while retaining the pavilion. The restoration will include the removal, restocking and refitting of a number of historic elements of the building to match the original interior and exterior aesthetics of the pavilion.
Gustavia’s appointed contractor, Ant Yapi UK, is expected to begin work this month to safeguard heritage objects ahead of the building’s structural security programme.
Selahattin Yalcin, Development Director at Gustavia, who is leading development, said: “We are delighted to receive the final pre-launch clearances for this incredibly exciting project for Folkestone. It took 18 months of hard work to get to this point. Every step we have taken has been in conjunction with the relevant council authorities and our architect named Hollaway, structural engineer Manhire and services engineer Hoare Lea.
He added: “The Leas Pavilion has long been known as one of the city’s oldest gems. We can’t wait to polish this gem and present it to the community.
Preservation work will initially focus on the exterior terracotta façade of the pavilion, with each stone removed and transported offsite for cleaning and renovation. The iron gate and the stained glass windows that form part of the entrance to the pavilion will also be restored in the same way. Where the original features cannot be removed, molds and samples will be taken from the ceilings, walls and arches around the column crowns to recreate the original interior designs.
“We will restore the pavilion according to heritage planning conditions which require saving as much of its original features,” said Selahattin Yalcin. “Essentially, historic items that are going to be kept as original will be removed to keep them undamaged during major construction work.”