Regeneration in Margate

The birthplace of the British seaside is undergoing a renaissance and the town is about to boom.

Margate is benefiting from direct investment into the town. The money is being used to help transform the area into a great place to live, work and visit.

Key projects and initiatives helping to change Margate:

  • Turner Contemporary
  • Margate Old Town
  • Dreamland
  • Transport Investment
  • Margate Flood and Coastal Protection Scheme
  • Thanet wide regeneration

Turner Contemporary

Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects David Chipperfield, Turner Contemporary, which opened in April 2011, has spearheaded the cultural regeneration of Margate.

The gallery has already seen well over a million visitors through its doors open and has been a catalyst for further creative activity in the town.

The gallery celebrates the town's association with JMW Turner, one of Britain's best loved artists, and presents the best of contemporary art practice.  It has been chosen to host the Turner Prize awards in 2019.

Find out more about Turner Contemporary

Margate Old Town

Close to the gallery, the Old Town in Margate has transformed in recent years with business occupation rates rising significantly. It now boasts a unique collection of niche boutiques, galleries and places to eat and drink.

The Margate Harbour Arm also boasts galleries and a cafe, bar and restaurant 

The former Margate Renewal Partnership helped to promote and facilitate these improvements, which included around £2m of investment from the public sector. This levered a further £2m of investment from the private sector to deliver arts space, galleries and enhancements to the public realm.


Dreamland lies at the heart of Margate and for almost a century was one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks. The Dreamland Margate project emerged after several years of pioneering work by The Dreamland Trust to save Dreamland’s amusement park, its Grade II*-listed roller coaster, Grade II-listed menagerie cages and Grade II*- listed cinema building, and to celebrate this important part of Margate’s heritage.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the Government’s Sea Change programme and Thanet District Council, the Dreamland Trust is working in partnership with the Council to create a unique and quintessentially British visitor attraction: the world’s first amusement park to feature thrilling, historical rides, classic side shows, cafés, restaurants, special events, festivals, learning, creative interpretation and gardens.

The park has reopened for the 2017 season following a multi-million pound makeover and was officially opened by artist Tracey Emin.

Transport Investment

The opening of the High Speed 1 rail service has already greatly improved the accessibility of Margate.

The journey time from St Pancras International, Central London, to Margate currently stands at 88 minutes. Proposals to enhance the Ashford to Margate line with reduce the train journey time from Thanet to central London to 60 minutes.

This will provide accessibility to the capital, making it an attractive proposition for both both businesses and commuters.

Margate Flood and Coastal Protection Scheme

Major construction work on a landmark scheme to protect Margate from flooding in the future was completed on target. 

This scheme has been developed and designed to provide protection for Margate, which is at risk from flooding from the sea. 

The completed scheme has a life of at least 50 years and will provide much better flood protection to the properties on Marine Drive and in the Old Town area.  The scheme will also improve the quality and amenity value of the public space on the seafront through a new series of steps which will open access from Margate Old Town directly on to the beach.

Find out more about the council's coastal flood protection scheme in Margate

Thanet wide regeneration

Money is also being invested in regeneration across the whole of Thanet.