2–4, South Street, Folkestone

Delight at ‘highly commended’ Status

The gateway building designed by Godden Allen Lawn at the entrance to Folkestone’s Creative Quarter narrowly missed taking the top slot at the prestigious Kent Design and Development Awards at the start of this month.

The building at 2 – 4, South Street, at the junction of the Old High Street and Tontine Street, was given ‘highly commended’ status, a major achievement within such a high profile, countywide competition.

The exciting scheme turned four dilapidated terraced properties into a ground floor restaurant with artists’ studios on the first floor and apartments on the second.

Godden Allen Lawn carried out the conversion for the Creative Foundation and aimed to create a striking, contemporary building that would set the scene for the whole regeneration project and encourage visitors to explore what has become Folkestone’s artists’ quarter.

The building was shortlisted in the minor residential category of the awards, which “celebrate the high quality development delivered throughout Kent” and were organised by the Kent Design Initiative.

“We were delighted to receive a highly commended award at our first attempt,” said Godden Allen Lawn partner Nick Lawn. “We are proud of Folkestone and we admire what the Creative Foundation has been doing to help reinvigorate the older part of the town.

“We believe we have played our part by designing this striking modern building that still retains important architectural links to the area and reflects the local character.”

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