Sopers Yard in Margate – with permission for apartments, studios, gallery and café- to be sold at auction

Sopers Yard CGI

A town centre plot in Margate with permission to be built on with 25 artists’ apartments, studios, gallery and café is to go under the hammer at auction.

The land at Sopers Yard, King Street, is next to the Old Town, seafront and Turner Contemporary.

It is among 149 lots listed for sale by Clive Emson, the land and property auctioneers, ahead of its next sale.

Jon Rimmer, auction appraiser, said: “This is a Christmas cracker of a lot.

“The plans include community meeting facilities and it is all designed to be a hub for the locals. The proposals are attractive and will enable artists to live and work there, benefiting from the communal nature of the environment.

“Perhaps one day it will produce the type of artistic fame that Paris has.”

The site is between the historic Tudor House and a mews development of town houses.

In October 2012 an application was refused for the erection of seven 3 storey dwellings at the site. An initial application for the artist apartments was also recommended for refusal but, after alterations to the design, was granted in 2013.  A later application amended the number of artists apartments from 27 to 25.

The freehold guide price is £600,000-plus.

Proposed Accommodation

Ground Floor

Gallery/artist studios, workshops/artist studios, café, ladies, gents and disabled W.Cs., two bin stores and store.


Plant room/store.

First Floor

Eight apartments each with a kitchen and shower room with W.C. Three further apartments each with own kitchen and shower room with W.C., together with mezzanine level accommodation.


Roof garden.

Second Floor

Six apartments each with a kitchen and shower room with W.C. Two further apartments each with a kitchen, shower room and W.C. together with mezzanine level accommodation.

Third Floor

Six apartments each with a kitchen and shower room with W.C.

Find the property on the auction website here

The sale will conclude on Wednesday 13th December.


  1. Why “artists apartments”, as opposed to more worthwhile people such as “care workers apartments” or “ex-servicemen’s apartments”?

    • On this occasion I have to agree with you. Not the first time I’ve mentioned this but art is a big part of my life and I’m not aware of artists being particularly in need.

  2. Community centres ,what’s that all about,nothing will be built as usual ,not once planning permission is given

  3. i will be glad when this ” arts ” gimmick runs its course and fizzles out , just like all of this type of thing eventualy does

    • We need to create industry like having our airport and port up and running creating proper year round employment. This art scene has pushed up house prices and created a hip bar scene, but has done absolutely nothing for local people already living here

    • Art never dies though. See Shoreditch, booming. Camberwell, booming. Camden, booming. But of course Real World wants the area to go back to pre-artist days, where everything was rotting and there was no money coming into the area.

  4. Oh but “Perhaps one day it will produce the type of artistic fame that Paris has.” He’s off his trolley. I like the fact that Margate has an arty vibe, it’s an added dimension, it can be fun and some of the work is good. But if you look closely or at all, much of the art displayed & for sale is not great. All too easy ludicrous mark-ups and kudos for those who really should try harder. Where’s the kudos and spondoolies for the real grafters who truly make our lives bearable? And …. where is the housing? There’s a huge housing crisis for heaven’s sake and yet precious, pretentious developments like this one get the go ahead.

    • Looking at what the Turner & Margate School have produced since they opened, it seems one day they aspire to produce what a first year child in primary school is producing.

      I never thought that doodling stick men & arranging Stickle Bricks when I was 5 & 6 years old would now get me a Bachelors Degree in Art & I could sell them for six figures-if I had the right name/heritage of course.

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