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Pipers Building, Folkestone, by Guy Hollaway Architects

[FIRST LOOK] Shepway District Council recently approved proposals for the transformation of the old Pipers building on Tontine Street, Folkestone, and the neighbouring Istanbul Kebab shop

The ground floor will accommodate a café, to be managed by an independent catering business, and meeting rooms available to rent by the public. The floors above will provide 1885m² high specification office space.

The historic stucco façade is to be retained. The new designs ‘float’ the façade above the ‘organically formed’ ground floor, ensuring it ties in with attractive facades along the street.

The architects, Guy Hollaway Architects (formerly CTM Architects), have included an additional upper floor above the façade in the design, set back from the front of the building.

View London, an award winning publishing company, will be the anchor tenant for the scheme (run by Josh De Haan who has bought the premises). The company produces a leading entertainment guide.  It is hoped the quality and flexibility of the space available will attract other media based or creative companies and so provide a significant boost to the local economy.

Josh De Haan, who owns the premises, comments: ‘I hope the quality, contemporary office space will attract other media based or creative companies to Folkestone. The office plan has been designed to be flexible for this purpose - so that the building can accommodate young companies and encourage them to grow here.’

The plans involve the demolition of the now dilapidated former dance hall building and the construction of a new block behind the retained façade; they also involve considerable reconstruction of other parts of the buildings’ structure.

Construction is due to begin next year and complete in 2012.

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