Refurbishment of Folkestone’s Grade II listed Leas Pavilion and refurbishment of Edwardian’s Tea Room and Theatre, which has been on hold for years, are now about to begin.

The Grade II listed Leas Pavilion in Folkestone will be restored as part of a nine-storey residential development of luxury apartments facing the English Channel. Built in 1902, the pavilion was a tea room, theatre, cinema, bowling alley, billiard room, and nightclub for many years.

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According to Selahattin Yalcin, director of developer Gustavia, the neighborhood can be sure that “one of the region’s oldest gems” will be in good hands when construction begins this month. The pavilion will be restored and once completed people will be able to hold events for up to 100 days a year.

“We understand that the pavilion holds many fond memories for the residents of Folkestone. The local community can rest assured that these memories will be preserved as we carefully restore this magnificent pavilion to its original form within a refurbished structure that will last for another 100+ years,” Mr. Yalcin said.

Refurbishment of Folkestone’s Grade II listed Leas Pavilion

Since its closure in 2007, the structure has deteriorated considerably, with water damage and wood decay. For years people have campaigned to save the building, also known as the Leas Club, with the support of a number of stage and screen celebrities.

Friends of the Leas Pavilion (FLP), a non-profit organisation, was also set up to address concerns about the deterioration of the Grade II listed building.

Gustavia, who engaged architect Hollaway Studio of Hythe for the development, added that the restoration will include “the precise removal, restocking and refitting of historic elements from several buildings” to preserve the original appearance of the building. building.

“We plan to modernize the pavilion in accordance with heritage development conditions, which requires us to retain as much of its original features as possible,” Mr. Yalcin explained.