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The Falstaff hotel and restaurant wins The Ramsgate Society’s Design Award 2018

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19 June 2018

The Ramsgate Society Design Awards 2018
The six entries for The Ramsgate Society’s Design Awards 2018 were announced today at The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate as part of Civic Day - a national celebration of civic pride.

One of the remits of The Ramsgate Society, as set out in its constitution is ‘To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Ramsgate.’ With this in mind the Society’s Executive Committee proposed the creation of Design Awards, presented every other year, to recognise quality of the built environment in the town.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Councillor Trevor Shonk; South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay; President of The Ramsgate Society, Clive Aslet; local Councillors and various members representing many local organisations.

Overall winner - The Falstaff hotel and restaurant - plaque presented to Peter Anton
2nd place - The Royal Pavilion (Wetherspoon Group licenced premises) - certificate presented to David Carrington
3rd place - Archive - (lifestyle store and cafe) certificate presented to Scott Grady

There are four categories:
  • New Buildings
  • New Housing
  • Historic Buildings that have been renovated
  • Public Realm and Open Spaces

The judging committee consisted of members of The Ramsgate Society Executive Committee and The Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum.

Judging criteria:
  • Quality in design and construction
  • Innovation
  • Preservation or enhancement of the local historic built environment
  • Promoting pride of place

The entries:
  1. Archive | 17 Military Road, Ramsgate CT11 9LG
  2. Housed in a double storey Victorian arch on Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour, Archive is a design-led lifestyle store with a Scandinavian influence. The project’s intention was to create a flexible space for retail and cafe use, as well as functions, exhibitions and leisure.

  3. The Falstaff | 16-18 Addington Street, Ramsgate CT11 9JJ
  4. The Falstaff opened in 2015 after an extensive, 3 year renovation. This attractive and historic building was originally built in 1801 and is now home to a restaurant, store and boutique hotel.

  5. The Royal Pavilion | 96 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8LP
  6. In a period when conventional licensed premises are in decline, to expand as the Wetherspoon Group had done requires an unconventional approach. The acquisition of properties like this one with high historic and architectural interest matched by restoration and maintenance to a high order.

  7. The Compass House | 126 High Street, Ramsgate CT11 9UA
  8. This Grade II listed Georgian property had fallen into disrepair and was much in need of restoration both internally and externally. This has involved careful adherence to the use of traditional materials including lime mortar matched to the original, as well as the use of traditional contemporary methods such as ‘tuck pointing’.

  9. 19-21 Harbour Street | 19-21 Harbour Street, Ramsgate CT11 8HA
  10. This early 19th century building has been sympathetically restored and refurbished with retail space on the ground floor and residential above.

  11. Home Front Tea Room | 13A King Street, Ramsgate CT11 8NN
  12. With two world wars, suffrage and reminiscence in the news this recently established traditional tearoom offers an engaging step back in time. It derives its unique quality through setting it firmly in the 1940s.
The Chairman of The Ramsgate Society, John Walker, opened the proceedings, followed by an introduction by the President of The Ramsgate Society, Clive Aslet. 

A visual presentation and detailed information of the six entries was delivered by the Chairman of Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum, David Gullick. This was followed by the announcement of the overall winner and runners up. Clive Aslet presented a plaque and certificates.

This was followed by a presentation of the first draft of the ‘Design Code’ by Ramsgate architect, Ivan del Renzio. The Design Code forms part of the Ramsgate Neighbourhood Plan (a detailed document encouraging environment best practice in Ramsgate). Questions were invited and various topics were brought up.

South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, thanked The Ramsgate Society for its work.

Closing remarks were made by John Walker inviting the audience back in two years time for the next Design Awards.

Written by:
The Ramsgate Society

Peter Anton from The Falstaff being presented with the Overall winner plaque by Clive Aslet, President of The Ramsgate Society.







David Carrington on behalf of The Royal Pavilion (Wetherspoon Group licenced premises) being presented with their certificate by Clive Aslet, President of The Ramsgate Society.








Scott Grady from Archive being presented with their certificate by Clive Aslet, President of The Ramsgate Society.


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