Friday, August 11, 2006

New Look For Old M&S

Architects have been appointed to develop plans for a key site in the heart of Margate town centre.

The former Marks and Spencer building was purchased by Thanet Council earlier this year, using funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), with the aim of creating a mixed-use development on the site, which would include modern retail space, commercial floor space and an element of residential use. The neighbouring property at 51 High Street, currently used by the National Children's Home, has also been purchased.

CTM Architects in Hythe has now been appointed to come up with plans for the site, which would show what the new development would look like and how it would be used. As part of the process, local traders and residents will be asked for their views on the plans towards the end of this year.

Over the next few months, the now vacant building will be used for a temporary exhibition by Turner Contemporary, with the Margate Library set to temporarily relocate to the site in early 2007, as part of the plans to refurbish the library and create a One Stop Shop, which will see a number of Thanet Council services being delivered at the library in the future.

Cllr. John Kirby, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: "The Marks and Spencer site is key to the future of Margate, which is why it was purchased. By introducing modern retailing space, offices and homes into the heart of the town, we will be creating job opportunities, investment opportunities and opportunities to encourage people back into the town to live and work. This scheme will provide all those opportunities and a base for a secure and prosperous future for Margate."

5 comments:

stuart said...

So no real consultation with traders then?

They are just going to ask the traders what they think of what they are going to damn well do anyway!

Anonymous said...

Cllr Kirby spouts waffle and modern new-speak like the best of Blair's team. Has he forgotten that M&S was a thriving shop on our High St in Margate less than 18 months ago without the intervention buying by TDC using taxpayers money? It was a modern retail facility employing local people. I love the way TDC has killed Margate High St and pretends it had nothing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

How is building solely living accomodation in the high street because thats what they are after.Hows that seen as regeneratingof the area.
The only thing all thats going to do is to line the councils/lors pockets.If cash IS generated then that cash will be misused anyway like all the other cash that they have wasted. Thats not regenerating its just craziness & selfishness.Its a HIGH STREET for goodness sake where traditionally shops are found. Maybe they will re-name the street now to something more appropiate to that of a mini housing estate. What a lovely way to greet our visitors if thats their plan.More undesirables no doubt.Less police now too.This town will beconme a war zone one of these days if it isnt already.The high street should be for retail business & nothing else.But I doubt there is enough money in that for this council.Screw the people for as much as they can get,thats their aim & together with all the other cock-ups they have made its about time they were stopped.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I hope its not the same troup who designed the Turner "bubble".....
wait a moment....
what a splendid idea... (again)

An ideal site for THE TURNER Contemporary, and a 'bargin' at £4,000,000....


something to ponder TDC?

Anonymous said...

I believe the "number of TDC services" at the one stop shop will be the .....er...Housing Benefit Office? Certainly some people will be doing a number.