Ellington Park named winner of Ramsgate Design Awards

Ellington Park Photo Swift Aerial Photography

By James Bonthron

Fantastic efforts by staff and volunteers to transform the area into a cornerstone of the community culminated in the park winning two awards, including the top prize.

The Ramsgate Design Awards, hosted by the Ramsgate Society, announced winners last month at an event held at Radford House.

This year the awards were organised with Ramsgate Town Council with the aim to enthuse residents to care about the quality of their local built environment and good design of buildings around Ramsgate.

Overall, there were 32 nominations in the different categories.

The cafe Image by Lucy’s Photos

Ellington Park was the recipient of Public Realm award for a “fabulous effort over a long period of time to bring the café, a restored bandstand and some well-designed landscaping to this much appreciated community park”.

It also won the prestigious Building of the Year 2023 Award, with it being remarked that: “The judges were delighted to award this year’s top prize to this amazing achievement”.

The Friends of Ellington Park said: “We are delighted and honoured to have received these awards from The Ramsgate Society which highlight all that the development that has happened in Ellington Park. We are also proud that we have retained the prestigious Green Flag and Heritage Site Awards again for this year. A massive thank-you to all those involved for their continued hard work and support to make this beautiful park a welcoming space for all to enjoy.”

PARK VOLUNTEERS: From left Bev, Hayley, Joseph, Julie and Pat

Beverley Perkins, former chair of the Friends of Ellington Park and current Director of the cafe, said  on social media: “Well done everyone! I hope we are all proud of our success ~ the trustees (old and new), our many, many volunteers, café staff, members and supporters of the Friends of Ellington Park, TDC officers, and of course the National Lottery for funding it.

“I’m sure the park will continue to go from strength to strength in years to come and thereby retain this wonderful green space at the heart of Ramsgate, and loved by so many, for future generations.”

The Ramsgate Design Awards judges were Jane Hetherington, RTC Councillor; David Gullick, architect; Gabriel Holland, interior designer, with Sue Gyde and Paul Shearer from the Ramsgate Society.

Winner of the Building of the Year award – Friends of Ellington Park for their renovation of the popular park

RESIDENTIAL  –   BEST NEW BUILD

WINNER    THE OLD COURT HOUSE

HIGHLY COMMENDED    POPPY FIELDS

COMMENDED       ROYAL SANDS       COTTINGTON GARDENS     HARBOUR COURT

RESIDENTIAL  –  BEST RETROFIT

WINNER     BREAD FACTORY

HIGHLY COMMENDED     COURTSTAIRS MANOR

COMMERCIAL  –  BEST NEW BUILD

WINNER       FIRE STATION

COMMENDED     LALEHAM GAP SCHOOL

COMMERCIAL  –  BEST RETROFIT/SHOPFRONT

JOINT WINNERS      BUBBAWARES    and  POSTIVE RETAIL

HIGHLY COMMENDED     ASWASISNOW  .

COMMENDED      NO 36, ADDINGTON STREET     THE ICE HOUSE

COMMERCIAL  –  BEST RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

WINNER      VINCENT’S CAFÉ, SPENCER SQUARE

HIGHLY COMMENDED    HONEYSUCKLE INN     WOODEN BOX GALLERY AND CAFE   .

COMMENDED    THE MODERN BOULANGERIE      SAN CLU HOTEL

COMMERCIAL  –  BEST WORKSPACE

WINNER    WW MARTIN HEAD OFFICE

HIGHLY COMMENDED      9, CHAPEL PLACE LANE

COMMENDED    RAMSGATE STATION    UPSTAIRS@TMB

PUBLIC REALM

WINNER    ELLINGTON PARK

HIGHLY COMMENDED     WHEE!

HIGHLY COMMENDED    KENT STEPS

COMMENDED    THE BEACONS

THANET AWARD

WINNER     TKE STUDIOS
HIGHLY COMMENDED    CARL FREEDMAN GALLERY    MARGATE CAVES    FORT ROAD HOTEL

COMMENDED    CHARTWELL HOUSE    QUEEN ELIZABETH QUEEN MOTHER HOSPITAL  A&E

BUILDING OF THE YEAR

ELLINGTON PARK

 

 

3 Comments

    • Please stop encouraging people to smoke around the cafe by supplying ashtray . We all deserve to use the cafe without inhaling cancer causing pollution from exhaled smokers lungs . Shame on you Eligton Park cafe .

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