Press statement Date: 23/09/2022


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Folkestone and Hythe District Council has issued a letter to residents regarding a ‘notice of intention to demolish a building’ in relation to Leas Pavilion. We would like to reassure the community that Leas Pavilion is not being demolished in its entirety. The existing building is being dismantled as part of its sympathetic restoration.

The term ‘demolition’ as used by Folkestone & Hythe District Council is a general term and does not accurately represent the work being undertaken at Leas Pavilion. Wherever part of a structure has to be taken down, the contractor has to apply to the local council for a demolition notice.

In the case of Leas Pavilion, the work is not demolition but dismantling. All of the terracotta façade, stained glass, wooden balustrades, and iron gates have already been dismantled and sent to specialists for restoration as they are the original elements to be retained. Similar work is completed inside the building. Where original features cannot be removed, moulds and samples have been taken of ceilings, walls, and arches around column crowns to recreate original interior designs off-site. Some elements that are beyond repair and offer no historical value, such as the flat roof, will be replaced.

Leas Pavilion is being restored in accordance to the heritage planning conditions and once restoration work has been completed, it will be rebuilt to match the original interior and exterior aesthetic.

For more information on the Leas Pavilion restoration, visit:

For media enquiries please contact David Ing at Fabrick on:

Tel: 07802 409484

About Leas Pavilion

The Leas Pavilion lounge, restored to its 1902 former glory, is a rare example of a Grade II listed purpose-built Edwardian tea room.

With its ornately moulded ceilings, elegant galleries, the grand imperial staircase and a sprung dance floor it has been the favourite local venue for culture, art and leisure for over 100 years.

Today, we proudly incorporate this former tea room into an avant-garde nine storey residence with 91 luxury sea view apartments.

By combining traditional English heritage with modern architecture from Hollaway Studios, we are able to offer a highly desirable prime seaside location with stunning ocean vistas, grounded in the deep roots of the area’s local history.

All this with high-speed access to central London and an entry point to the channel tunnel just a stone’s throw away; the whole of Europe is at your doorstep.

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