The Creative Quarter, Folkestone
One of RDHCT’s most noteworthy projects is its support for the regeneration of Folkestone’s old town area, now firmly established as the town’s “Creative Quarter”. Nearly ninety buildings, many of which had been seriously neglected for many decades, have been acquired and refurbished to a high standard. They are then assigned on 125 year peppercorn leases to the independent charity “Creative Foundation”, who manage the properties and rent spaces to artists and others working in a board range of creative industries. Typically well over ninety per cent of these spaces are occupied at any one time.Enterprises in the Creative Quarter support several hundred jobs, including at Folkestone Academy’s sixth from centre, located in The Glassworks. The Creative Foundation also manages Quarterhouse, an arts and entertainment venue, and is also responsible for the internationally-renowned Folkestone Triennial art exhibition and the annual Folkestone Book Festival.
More information can be found at www.creativefoundation.org.uk
The video at the link below was made by Creative Foundation to commemorate fifteen years since the inauguration of the Creative Quarter.