3. Design FAQs

How will you improve connectivity with the town centre?

Following an extensive review of the local road network, previously configured to support easy access to and from the ferry port, Kent Highways and the Shepway Joint Transportation Board have taken action to re-designate The Tram Road as two-way traffic, and introduce two-way working in Tontine Street for buses, taxis and cycles. These changes have already taken effect and in the longer term will help facilitate the introduction of reliable and frequent public transport and freer traffic movement around the area.

 

Who are the architects behind the Masterplan?

We have commissioned architects, Sir Terry Farrell and Partners (www.terryfarrell.co.uk) to draft a Masterplan for the Seafront. Their brief is to create a vibrant public realm enlivening the seafront by mixing recreational and residential use. The ambition is to build upon the substantial regeneration work that has already taken place in the Creative Quarter in Folkestone’s Old Town. Once regenerated, the seafront will increase its attractiveness to visitors and residents providing a new public realm and benefitting the local economy.


What kind of building can be expected?

Different architects will be involved as the scheme progresses. In order to maintain high design standards, all buildings will need to adhere to the Style Guide for the seafront.

 

 

Building next to the sea, have you considered the flood risk?

The Environment Agency is engaged in discussions with our flood risk experts, who have advised a natural approach of beach nourishment, which will be an early stage of construction to reduce the risk of flooding. In addition to this, the Farrell design will optimise the natural beach which will in turn reinforce sea defences already in place.

With the proposed influx of visitors and residents to Folkestone, have you considered the need for increased parking spaces?

There will be allocated parking for each residential unit, whilst visitor parking is a town-wide issue which we need to address with both the district and county councils. However, parking does not become critical until the later stages of the development. Any parking plans will ensure that disabled parking is provided.