|Martello is honoured to be part of this five-year ongoing, £1.8 million heritage Folkestone Town restoration project. The completed work has already reflected such a positive impact on the appearance of Folkestone Town, which has seen its popularity grown as a new seaside cultural hotspot in recent years.
Folkestone Town Heritage Initiative is a partnership between Kent County Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council and The Creative Foundation. The initiative was developed following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, securing a total of £1.3m in grant funding for the project to enhance the old town area of Folkestone, matched with £400,000 from Kent County Council and £100,000 from Folkestone and Hythe District Council.
Martello has provided architectural and project coordination for a number of restorations and refurbishments of the old buildings to bring them to their former glory, one of which included the former Centre of Peace in the Old High Street. The building was sadly ruined in a fire and stood derelict since 2012. A steel frame had to be installed to make the property safe before restoration work could start.
Stucco detailing and design renovations at 30, 32 & 34 Rendezvous Street formed part of the historical refurbishment which Martello project coordinated. Most of the specialised restoration work was done by the contractor; REDEC Refurbishment, specialising in English Heritage and Listed Buildings.