Dozens of homes to be unveiled in £5m Margate housing project
housing development in All Saints Avenue,
by Kathryn Tye
Affordable housing worth almost £5million is to be unveiled in
A total of 41 new homes have been built in the formerly
neglected areas of Dalby Square and All Saints Avenue.
The £2.1million project to transform All Saints Avenue,
previously a disused access road to the train station project,
comprises seven three-bed houses with a further eight one-bed flats
and six two-bed flats in the glass walled Rollercoaster House.
Concept architect Tim Snow designed a flowing roofline for the
development to replicate the waves on the sea.
Bird boxes have also been installed in several eaves of the
buildings and wildflowers, native trees and shrubs have been
planted. Undercroft car parking is provided for the flats and all
the houses have parking spaces in a private courtyard.
The homes were built by Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd, with a
£1.26million grant from the government's Homes and Communities
Agency, and all are for affordable rent.
Built at a cost of £2.7million, the Dalby Square development
consists of eight two-bed flats and 12 three bed-houses.
It transforms what was widely known as the number one "grot
spot" in the area – the derelict Warren Court Hotel, in
The building famously featured in the 1989 Only Fools and Horses
Christmas Special as the darkened, run down hotel where Del and
Rodney stay on a "Jolly Boys' Outing" to Margate.
Warren Court Hotel has been empty for many years and was a prime
target for vandalism, squatters and arson attacks.
The development received £1.7million in funding from the HCA and
£200,000 from Thanet District Council (TDC). TDC also donated land
next to the hotel to enable additional housing to be provided.
It maintains the original façade of the Warren Court Hotel, in
Arthur Road, with new building behind to provide eight two-bed
flats on the Arthur Road side of Dalby Square.
Seven new three-bed houses, spanning three storeys, each with
their own private balconies and sea views have also been built on
the front of Dalby Square.
There are an additional two three-bed houses on the Arthur Road
side of Dalby Square and a further three on the Dalby Road
The homes were built by Croudace Partnerships Ltd and the
architects were Churchill Hui.
Both developments are partnerships between Town & Country
Housing Group and Thanet District Council with the government's
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) providing grants.
Kent County Council (KCC) was also heavily involved in the Dalby
Square project through its No Use Empty campaign.
Mark Dance, KCC's cabinet member for regeneration and economic
development and pictured above right, said: "It is great to see
more quality, affordable housing being delivered in Margate. KCC,
in collaboration with Thanet council, has devoted considerable
resources to creating much needed housing in this area through the
No Use Empty scheme, with the Warren Court Hotel being one of the
"This was once one of Margate's landmark buildings, but in
recent years has fallen into disrepair and become a magnet for
crime and antisocial behaviour. We hope the rebirth of this
building will inspire further regeneration work being undertaken
within the surrounding area in order to make Margate a desirable
place to live."