Folkestone restaurant Rocksalt wins Kent Design and Development Awards
Rocksalt restaurant in
Folkestone was named overall winner at the Kent Design and
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Margate art gallery the Turner Contemporary has won a top design
The iconic building visited by half a million people in its
first year, was named Public Community Building in the Kent Design
and Development Awards.
It was one of eight buildings honoured during a presentation
ceremony at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
But the overall winner, voted for by the audience, was the
Rocksalt restaurant in Folkestone.
Architect Guy Hollaway said: "The Rocksalt restaurant sits
snugly in the curve of Folkestone harbour, and all the glass gives
people a wonderful view of the sea - which was our biggest
influence for the design.
"We wanted to create a destination for Folkestone. A place where
people could go to eat, enjoy and socialise, and I am absolutely
overwhelmed that this has been recognised."
The awards celebrate the best new buildings and developments
across the county over the past two years. Each winner received a
distinctive trophy designed and made from Kentish Ragstone (donated
by the Gallagher Group) by artist Dan Stafford.
Hadlow College Rural Regeneration Centre was voted the best for
Environmental Performance. A record 94 entries were received this
leader of Kent County Council, a sponsor alongside DHA Planning and
Ward Homes, said: "Good design and quality developments are
essential if we are to continue to maximise on the attractiveness
and uniqueness of Kent.
"The calibre of entries was extremely high this year. The
quality and skill that went into these buildings and developments
is truly outstanding, and they all deserve to be celebrated. I
would like to congratulate the winners and all the entries that
Apart from the overall winner, the other victors were chosen by
a panel of expert judges from industry bodies, including the Royal
Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institute of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Other winners were Walderslade Primary School in Chatham
(Public Buildings - Education), Rosemary Gardens, Maidstone
(Residential - Major), Hill House, Maidstone (Residential - Minor),
Dover Esplanade (Civils and Infrastructure) and Rocksalt Restaurant
(Commercial, Industrial and Retail). Commended buildings were
Hawkinge Football Pavilion, Maidstone Museum East Wing, 2-4 South
Street, Folkestone, and St Mary the Virgin, Ashford.
Award sponsors included: Kent Construction Focus Group, RPC
Land and New Homes, Colin Toms and Partners, Thomson Snell and
Passmore, and Morgan Sindall.
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