The new Wetherspoon pub on Ramsgate seafront is beginning to be revealed after months of specialist restoration work.
The Grade II listed Royal Victoria Pavilion is due to open on August 29. These pictures show how the work has progressed and give a glimpse of the ‘porthole’ windows on the upper part of the building.
The former casino and dance hall overhaul includes retaining some of the original, historic features, creating a new community space, a roof terrace, ground floor sheltered terrace facing the beach and pavement cafe under the canopy area facing Harbour Parade.
Remaining spaces in the building are subdivided and could be shops or cafes.
A rooflight over the central section of the pub will let daylight into the two-storey atrium space.
The pub takes two floors in total, around 600sq m. The central part of the Pavilion is a self-contained unit on two floors, available for let.
The pavilion was designed by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead and completed in 1903.
The building has stood derelict since 2008 when Rank Leisure casino moved to Westwood.
It was in a deteriorating condition, owing to neglect and serious damage caused by a fire in 2011.
It was listed on the Victorian Societies’ Building at Risk Register in 2013.
Planning permission for the pub was granted last year and a lease deal with Thanet council came soon afterwards.
The project is costing £4million and is expected to create 100 full and part-time jobs, many of which have already been advertised.