Thanet District Council was awarded £19.8million through the government’s Levelling Up Fund in October 2021.
Work is now underway on the Inclusive Harbour elements of the Levelling Up Funded Projects in Ramsgate. These include the refurbishment of the Clock House and development of a new town square at Pier Yard in Ramsgate Harbour.
The project to restore the Clock House in Ramsgate Harbour will be delivered by the council, in collaboration with the Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust (RHRT), who run the Ramsgate Tunnels.
The aim of this project is to bring the much-loved Clock House back to life as a heritage hub for the local area. It will create a focal point where visitors and residents can start their exploration of the town of Ramsgate.
The Clock House proposals were originally developed by the Ramsgate Society. It is proposed that the RHRT will take on the management of the Clock House heritage facilities when the project is complete.
The RHRT has been working closely with the Ramsgate Society over recent months and several members of the Ramsgate Society will be joining the group. This will ensure that the aims of both organisations are considered.
Cllr Rick Everitt, Leader of Thanet District Council, said:
“We’re really excited about the project to restore the Clock House, creating a place where residents and visitors can find out about Ramsgate’s fascinating history. The restoration of the Clock House will bring a much-loved building back into use and will add to Ramsgate’s cultural attractions.
“I would like to thank the Ramsgate Society and the Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust for their efforts and look forward to seeing the scheme progress.”
John Walker, Chair of the Ramsgate Society, said: “The collaboration between the Ramsgate Society, the Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust and Thanet District Council is really exciting. The Clock House project is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen Ramsgate’s visitor economy.
“There is so much to celebrate about Ramsgate’s maritime heritage and the Clock House and Pier Yard projects give us a wonderful place to do that.”
Phil Spain, Trustee of the Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Thanet District Council and the Ramsgate Society on such an important part of Ramsgate’s heritage. Our key aim is to preserve the town’s history and showcase it to residents and visitors. What better way to help preserve one of Ramsgate’s most iconic buildings than by refurbishing it as the home of a heritage centre?”
You can find out more about the Ramsgate Levelling Up projects on our website.