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Margate’s Dreamland reopens

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The Dreamland amusement park in Margate has reopened to the public after an £18million overhaul by Guy Hollaway Architects

The Wayne Hemingway-masterminded revamp has seen the listed amusement park in Kent turned into a heritage-themed attraction.

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, the park’s scenic railway - the only grade II*-listed rollercoaster in the world – has been reconstructed.

Architect Guy Hollaway, said: ‘This is not just a theme park, it’s about regeneration; a whole towns history and a re-invention of our past. 

‘We are making heritage cool again and turning Margate into a destination once again.’

First opened in the 1860s, the park closed to the public in 2006 and has since sat abandoned in the centre of Margate.

Dreamland revamp by Guy Hollaway Architects

Project data

Location Margate
Type of project leisure
Architect Guy Hollaway Architects
Designer Hemingway Design
Client Thanet District Council
Cost £18 million
Funding Heritage Lottery Fund
Completed June 2015

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