An important gateway building conversion by Godden Allen Lawn at the entrance to Folkestone’s Creative Quarter has been shortlisted for a prestigious Kent Design and Development Award. The building at 2 – 4, South Street, which is at the junction of the Old High Street and Tontine Street, was designed for the Creative Foundation.
The exciting scheme turned four dilapidated terraced properties into a ground floor restaurant with artist’s studios on the first floor and apartments on the second.
The conversion has now been shortlisted in the minor residential category of the awards, which “celebrate the high quality development delivered throughout Kent” and are organised by the Kent Design Initiative.
Award winners are due to be announced on 1 November in a ceremony at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
“This was an extremely challenging project but I believe the completed scheme shows how careful, imaginative and cost-effective design can breathe new life into derelict and unusable buildings,” said Godden Allen Lawn partner Nick Lawn.
“We are proud of our links with Folkestone and we are delighted to have worked with the Creative Foundation to help reinvigorate this part of the town,” he added. “The buildings at 2 – 4 South Street were early Victorian and had been significantly and unsympathetically altered and modified over the years.
“In their place we set out to create a striking, contemporary building that would set the scene for the whole regeneration project and encourage visitors to explore further. At the same time we took care to make sure the outside of the building blended sympathetically with its location and fitted with the historic character of the Conservation Area.”