Work to begin in preparation for the massive development of Folkestone Seafront

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2017 - 08:05 PM

Extensive activity will commence in early March in preparation for the development of Folkestone Seafront.

The new work is a further important step towards the transformation of one of Folkestone’s most iconic sites, which will help redefine the relationship between the town and the sea.

Large scale earthworks


Graham Construction has been appointed to undertake large scale earthworks on the western part of the site, between the beach and Marine Parade.


This will involve construction of sea defences, beach nourishment and other groundwork. At the same time, dredging will take place in the outer harbour, with material being redistributed as ballast on the main seafront site as required. This will help avoid the need to import ballast material and ensure that the site is self-contained and environmentally sustainable.


Lorry parking


As work progresses, the area currently available for lorry parking will be gradually reduced.

Project Director David Crump said: “Folkestone Seafront presents an opportunity to create an environment that will stand the test of time, improve the attractiveness of the town for residents and visitors and provide better access to seaside amenities for generations to come.


"As we move into this phase of the development, contractors will be erecting hoardings and fencing around various parts of the site for safety and security reasons, signifying that work is beginning in earnest to prepare the area for construction.”

Mr Crump continued: “Detailed planning for the main construction phase is continuing and we expect to submit planning applications later this year, with the first homes going on sale shortly afterwards.”


1,000 homes

Folkestone Harbour Company plans up to 1,000 homes, with a mix of beach houses, apartments and townhouses.


The scheme secured outline planning consent in 2015 and has been prepared for development through significant investment from the landowner, Sir Roger De Haan.


500 jobs


The 35-acre development will also incorporate recreational areas and public spaces as well as commercial space of up to 10,000 square metres and in due course is expected to generate 500 direct full-time jobs.


Extraordinary costs of preparing infrastructure, including sea and flood defences, ground investigation, provision of essential services and public realm enhancements in readiness for site development have qualified the scheme for a £5m grant from the government’s Local Growth Fund, arranged through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.


Developments to date have included the opening of RockSalt, a signature restaurant overlooking the inner harbour, the creation of interactive fountains in a new public square and the opening of the half mile-long Harbour Arm for recreation, food and drink, entertainment, walking, and fishing.

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