Project Description

Pier Head Lighthouse, Folkestone

Commercial and Industrial

The Pier Head Lighthouse was built between 1897 and 1904, as part of the widening and extension of the Folkestone Harbour Arm, to allow larger boats to dock outside the shallow harbour. The lighthouse is an iconic, two storey, pale granite tower selected for Grade II listing by Historic England in 2008.

Martello have been involved in the restoration and renovation of the lighthouse through three stages – it was our first project of many that we have undertaken for the Folkestone Harbour Company. It is part of the wider Folkestone Harbour regeneration project, incorporating the Harbour Arm, The Viaduct, the Former Station, Boardwalk Construction and Beach Nourishment.

The first stage of the Lighthouse project was obtaining listed building consent, scheme and application and technical detailing for building regulations approval and construction, including heritage joinery details.

Stage two was the fit out of the lighthouse structure for use as a commercial space – it is now a fabulous Champagne bar offering stunning views across the channel and back towards Folkestone.

Stage three was the refurbishment of the light itself and the cap.

In 2014, the lighthouse achieved international recognition when it became the canvas for one of the Folkestone Triennial artworks.




Folkestone Harbour Company

Commercial and Industrial



Folkestone Harbour Arm, Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone,

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