The Creative Quarter, Folkestone

Heritage & Regeneration
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2004 onwards

One of RDHCT’s most noteworthy projects is its support for the regeneration of Folkestone’s old town area, now firmly established as the town’s “Creative Quarter”. Nearly ninety buildings, many of which had been seriously neglected for many decades, have been acquired and refurbished to a high standard. They are then assigned on 125 year peppercorn leases to the independent charity Creative Folkestone, which manages the properties and rent spaces to artists and others working in a board range of creative industries. Typically some ninety eight per cent of these spaces are occupied at any one time. Enterprises in the Creative Quarter support several hundred jobs, including at the Glassworks, a digital hub. Creative Folkestone also manages Quarterhouse, an arts and entertainment venue, and is also responsible for the internationally-renowned Folkestone Triennial art exhibition and the annual Folkestone Book Festival.

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The video at the link below was made by Creative Folkestone to commemorate fifteen years since the inauguration of the Creative Quarter.