Work on-site due to start in September for two Ramsgate regeneration schemes

Council leader Rick Everitt at the public information event

Timelines for two Ramsgate regeneration projects have been revealed during a public exhibition in Ramsgate today (May 28).

Designs for Newington Community Hub and Thanet council’s Broad Street property are on display at Arch 6 in Military Road, Ramsgate,

The projects are both part of Ramsgate’s £19.8m Levelling Up Fund and the £2.7m Future High Street Fund regeneration programmes.

Lucia Tanner, the council’s regeneration project manager for the Ramsgate Levelling Up programme, says work will start on site for both schemes this September with a completion date set for Spring 2025.

Latest design for Newington Community Centre

The Newington Community Hub will provide improved facilities with an extension to house a larger kitchen and a community garden. The new kitchen will allow the Newington Community Association to expand its popular food and cookery programme.

There will also be new double glazed windows, upgrades to electric fittings and thermal upgrades such as new internal roof and wall insulation, a new sustainable heating system and ventilation improvements.

The new, single storey teaching kitchen is designed to host up to 24 children or 16 adults at any one time. During fair weather activity will spill into the courtyard garden.

The training kitchen and space for people seeking job and training opportunities will be headed up by community chef Mike Spackman who works with Newington Community Association to share food, cooking and health skills with residents.

The 5a Broad Street property – the former haberdashery shop- will be refurbished to provide workspace in Ramsgate town centre that is tailored for creative and third sector businesses. The facility will also be home to a new skills and careers hub.

Planning for the Broad Street property was approved in November and the application for Newington Community Centre is in and can be seen on the council’s Planning Portal using reference: F/TH/24/0435. The closing date to register feedback is Thursday 30 May.

Council leader Rick Everitt said: “I’m really pleased we are going to be moving in the Autumn on these two projects and people will be able to see things being delivered as a result of this funding. We are all really excited about that and I am as impatient as anybody to see the money spent and to deliver for Ramsgate.”

Lucia Tanner says the council is keen to sign up Thanet and Kent contractors who are interested in working on the schemes.

A board at the exhibition displays details for how to register interest on the dedicated London Construction Programme (LCP) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) procurement portal, where tenders will be advertised from July, or email [email protected]

The designs are on show at Arch 6, Military Road, Ramsgate today until 7pm and Thursday 30 May, 9am to noon.

The Project Office in Military is open every Tuesday (2pm – 4pm) and every Thursday (9am – 11am), and on the third Thursday of each month (4pm – 6pm) for those wanting to find out more about any of Ramsgate’s regeneration schemes.

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6 Comments

  1. creative – is that the new word for more of this ” arts ” rubbish ? no doubt a good chunk of this money will be wasted on the ” arts “

  2. Good news for Ramsgate but what on earth is happening to the Margate Digital Campus that received millions of pounds of funding ?

    I walked past the other day and there is the sum total of zilch going on. That cash was granted 3 years ago !

    • It was meant to open this year but then again if you go by these Ramsgate plans that state start in Autumn and completed in Spring with no builder appointed yet and tender for work not going live till July it will be at least September till they appoint anyone and then by the time that company hires staff and brings in materials it will be 2025 till works start, then they will be delayed to asbestos removal and unexpected problems. Will be like all the other regeneration projects announced and not started. These project managers on two year TDC contracts seem to be all about getting their contracts extended over delivering on time and to budget.

  3. Two new projects for Ramsgate have been put out for interested parties to carry out the works. So the over run and price increase is ? Why not have a fixed price contract in place before a commencement date is announced. Good old TDC getting ahead of themselves again without confirmed costings.

  4. The community hub is great as the cooking is really successful. I hope that all turns out well as my wife says that the Newington children really like Mike.

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