Major Contracts Awarded as Seafront Development moves forward

Extensive activity will commence in early March in preparation for the development of Folkestone Seafront.

Graham Construction has been appointed to undertake large scale earthworks on the western part of the site, between the beach and Marine Parade. This will involve construction of sea defences, beach nourishment and other groundwork. At the same time, dredging will take place in the outer harbor, with material being redistributed as ballast on the main seafront site as required. This will help avoid the need to import ballast material and ensure that the site is self-contained and environmentally sustainable. As work progresses, the area currently available for lorry parking will be gradually reduced.

David Crump, Project Director, said: “Folkestone Seafront presents an opportunity to create an environment that will stand the test of time, improve the attractiveness of the town for residents and visitors and provide better access to seaside amenities for generations to come. As we move into this phase of the development, contractors will be erecting hoardings and fencing around various parts of the site for safety and security reasons, signifying that work is beginning in earnest to prepare the area for construction.”

“Detailed planning for the main construction phase is continuing and we expect to submit planning applications later this year, with the first homes going on sale shortly afterwards,” added Mr Crump.

The new work is a further important step towards the transformation of one of Folkestone’s most iconic sites, which will help redefine the relationship between the town and the sea. Developments to date have included the opening of Rocksalt, a signature restaurant overlooking the inner harbor; the creation of interactive fountains in a new public square; and the opening of the half-mile-long Harbour Arm for recreation, food and drink, entertainment, walking and fishing.

Find out more about the Folkestone Seafront Development.