Planning Approval Granted For Folkestone’s New Urban Sports Centre
A major new indoor facility, offering a range of challenging sports for Folkestone town centre, has been awarded planning approval by Shepway District Council. Following a series of public consultations in spring 2015, detailed proposals were developed by Guy Hollaway Architects, together with Maverick, a specialist skate park design consultancy, working on behalf of The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust which is funding the £10 million project.
The new centre will include an indoor multi-storey skate park, accommodating skateboarding and scootering at beginner, intermediate and competition levels, together with state of the art facilities for climbing, bouldering and boxing, including a potential new home for Folkestone Amateur Boxing Club. The finished design also incorporates a café for use by people taking part in sporting activities and by spectators, a rooftop function room with views out to the harbour and 32 car parking spaces. Full wi-fi connectivity will enable transmission of skating competitions to viewers via sporting and social media outlets.
The project is believed to be the first multi-storey urban skate park in the world, and has attracted international press coverage and widespread attention amongst the skating community. It is hoped that the centre will appeal to visitors from across the south east of England and beyond, and people who live in the Shepway District of Kent will be able to use the facilities at special prices.
Preparation work on the site will begin almost immediately, with construction expected to take between 18 and 24 months.
Trustees of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust believe this project will provide another exciting and innovative opportunity for people to engage in sport, following their support for the development of Three Hills Sports Park, as well as a large number of other major sports and recreation projects in the area, and in setting up the Shepway Sports Trust, which will be based in the new centre once it is completed.