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Town hall conversion uncovers a surprise

Our ambitious project to convert Folkestone Town Hall into a new museum for the town has exposed an old police cell that will now be incorporated into the final scheme.

Folkestone Town Council asked Godden Allen Lawn to design and oversee the conversion of the lower ground floor and part of the upper ground floor after the authority was given £1.7m of lottery funding to carry out the museum scheme.

“The lower ground floor used to house the town’s police cells and during the survey of the building we found a cell that had been sealed off,” explained partner Nigel Curtis. “The council has asked us to leave it in its original state so that it can be seen by museum visitors.”

The building work at the Town Hall is currently out to tender and is expected to start in mid-August and be finished by Christmas, with the museum open by next spring.

“This is an exciting project that will allow various items of Folkestone’s history to be brought together and displayed in the town hall instead of being stored in various different buildings,” said Nigel.

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