The Creative Quarter, Folkestone
By far the largest project of the RDHCT is the support it has given to the regeneration of Folkestone’s old town area, now designated a “Creative Quarter”. Over eighty buildings, many of them seriously neglected for many decades, have been acquired and refurbished to a high standard. They are then assigned on 125 year peppercorn leases to a separate charity, The Creative Foundation, whose remit is to let and manage the properties to artists and others working in the creative industries. Nearly ninety per cent of these spaces are currently occupied.
The Creative Foundation manages Quarterhouse, Folkestone’s newest arts and entertainment venue, and is also responsible for the Folkestone Triennial, a major international art exhibition that is core funded by the RDHCT.
Kent County Council’s adult education services are based at “The Cube”, one of the Creative Quarter’s largest buildings, and Folkestone Academy’s sixth form centre has been established at The Glassworks. The Creative Quarter now supports several hundred jobs, and more information can be found at www.creativefoundation.org.uk