Virtual tour and release of apartment prices marks official launch of Royal Sands development in Ramsgate

Royal Sands development

A video animation and 360 degree virtual tour have been released today (August 28) for the official launch of the Royal Sands development on Ramsgate seafront.

The website now has all information relating to the official release of the first 26 luxury apartments, called Sea View and Waters Edge, at the former Pleasurama site.

The website includes the 360-degree virtual walk through of a standard apartment, a video animation of Royal Sands Ramsgate, Royal Sands Ramsgate phase 1 apartment floor plans and prices  and local area information.

Prices for the first phase apartments range from £275,000 to £750,000.

The Royal Sands Ramsgate development will be built over the next three years and will consist of over 100 luxury apartments, with uninterrupted sea views.

There are one, two and three bed apartments on offer as well as penthouses. Each apartment will have underground parking.

The first phase of development should be complete by the beginning of December with the first batch of apartments ready for residents to move in by next Spring, say the team behind the construction.

Thanet-based Blueberry Homes started work on the long-awaited Royal Sands in June. The complex will be made up of 107 apartments, a 60-bed hotel and gym and leisure and retail units. There are also plans for an upmarket spa franchise at the site.

The first phase of the build, starting at the Ramsgate Tunnels end of the site, consists of the 26 apartments with the planned hotel at the Wetherspoon end of the plot being in the last phase.

Retail units, taking up some 16,000 square foot, will be built alongside each phase with larger units at the hotel end of the site.

The shops will be at the front, below the transfer slab, with apartments above. Parking will be via an access road.

The plot has been empty since a fire in 1998 devastated the former funfair on the land. Thanet council made a compulsory purchase on the land in 2001 after plans for a shopping centre failed to take place.  In 2004 planning permission was granted for a 60-bed hotel, 107 residential apartments, leisure facilities and retail.

The deal was headed by development company SFP Venture UK but work never got underway and lengthy wrangles over the three 199-year leases and legal agreements followed.

Takeover talks in 2014 resulted in Cardy Ramsgate Limited purchasing 100% shares of SFP Ventures and contracts were signed in March 2015.

The firm was renamed Ramsgate Development Company Ltd and last year significant control of was taken over by Thanet businessman Martin Rigden – head of the Blueberry Homes team alongside son Scott.

Royal Sands E-Brochure

The company, which has worked on developments across Thanet for some 30 years, says at the height of work some 100 tradespeople will be on site, with consecutive Blueberry builds at the Boundary Road former gasworks site and Margate’s Dane Road bringing that number to around 200. There will also be employment through the local supply chain.

View the Royal Sands Ramsgate E-Brochure

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  1. No mention in the e-brochure of noisy and polluting cargo planes flying a few hundred feet overhead from 2023 onwards, do Blueberry Homes know something we don’t? Let’s hope so!

  2. They look beautiful but with polluting cargo planes flying over every 10 minutes it wouldn’t be my choice of location. Plus the inevitable sea level rises with climate change it would be interesting to know what mitigation is planned.

  3. Blueberry Homes could make their concerns known about their customers facing a huge cargo plane over their property every 15 minutes at 700 feet but they seem strangely silent.

    I hope whoever buys one also owns industrial grade ear muffs and enjoys waving at the pilot.

    Perhaps Tony F and Roger G are going to get a flat share together and they can plane spot our very own MP Craig Mackinlays planes when they come in, or maybe when Grant Shapps pops over in his plane.

    Sheesh, so many MPs and people involved in this cargo mess own a plane, have a connection to a plane, or have family connections to aerospace. It is so coincidental that a huge cargo hub has been approved despite evidence it won’t work.

    It isn’t just the seaweed that stinks.

  4. Good luck selling those with the threat of cargo planes flying overhead every 15 minutes. No one is going to invest in Ramsgate whilst this dark cloud hovers over it.

    • Not really sure why people continue to make poor comments about Manston airport.

      The airport was there long before almost every resident of Manston, and all the surrounding towns, and villages.

      As for planes flying overhead, if the airport is operational again, then most of Thanet will experience craft overhead, at some point, especially when there has been an aborted landing, or unable to land for various reasons.

      In the past some areas such as Newington and Nethercourt, were affected much more, but residents were used to it. The airport was there before the majority of residents were.

      Not sure how your now defunct theory, affects the new sea front buildings, it would have the same affect on all Ramsgate buildings, not just the sea front.

      • If at the end of your quiet road there was a corner shop which had been closed for a few years, wouldn’t you think it reasonable to object to an application for an enormous supermarket, however many years you’d lived in your house??
        Surely you are aware that what we’re in danger of getting is not a cutesy little passenger airport where you can park within walking distance of the tiny aircraft which will whisk you off to Spain, but a cargo hub with planes at a frequency far, far in excess of anything Manston has ever had in the past.

  5. Oh the CARMA contingent are here. So is it planes every 10 minutes or 15? Also at that rate there won’t be any need to fly at night. Get your facts straight, you just sound ridiculous.

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